As a social landlord, what responsibility do we have with regards to Legionella?
employer or someone in control of premises, such as a landlord,
has a duty to ensure that the right health
and safety precautions are taken to manage and control the risks associated
with Legionella, a common bacterium found in water systems.
In short, they have a duty to identify and
assess Legionella hazards; manage any risks which arise effectively by adopting
appropriate measures; periodically monitor and review how well these are
working, and keep appropriate records.
These responsibilities arise from the general
duties of employers that are in the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974
(HSWA), their risk management duties as in the Management of Health and Safety
at Work Regulations (MHSWR) and more specifically their duty to control harmful
exposures as set out in the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health
Regulations 2002 (COSHH).
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has
published a range of guidance on how to manage the risks associated with
Legionella. RoSPA advisers can help organisations to review and upgrade their
policy, organisation and arrangements for tackling Legionella risks.
Date Updated/Created: 31/01/2013
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