As a social landlord, what responsibility do we have with regards to Legionella?


Anemployer or someone in control of premises, such as a landlord,has a duty to ensure that the right healthand safety precautions are taken to manage and control the risks associatedwith Legionella, a common bacterium found in water systems. 

In short, they have a duty to identify andassess Legionella hazards; manage any risks which arise effectively by adoptingappropriate measures; periodically monitor and review how well these areworking, and keep appropriate records. 

These responsibilities arise from the generalduties 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 Safetyat Work Regulations (MHSWR) and more specifically their duty to control harmfulexposures as set out in the Control of Substances Hazardous to HealthRegulations 2002 (COSHH). 

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) haspublished a range of guidance on how to manage the risks associated withLegionella. RoSPA advisers can help organisations to review and upgrade theirpolicy, organisation and arrangements for tackling Legionella risks.

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