Yes, duty holders, including employers and those in control of premises, must ensure the health and safety of their employees or others who may be affected by their undertaking, this includes the risk of legionella. Legionnaires Disease is a form of pneumonia, which can be fatal and the main route of infection is through inhalation, by inhaling airborne water droplets that contain Legionella. This also applies if you are a private Landlord and have rental properties which are occupied.
This includes taking suitable precautions to prevent, manage and control the risk of exposure to legionella. You can do this by undertaking the following: a risk assessment, actioning all identified risks within the initial report with remedial works, sampling the water quality to confirm bacterial presence with water testing, and carrying out ongoing record keeping also known as monitoring.
• Health and safety at work act 1974
• Managing health and safety at work (reg 3 (1))
• The water supply (water fittings) regulations 1999
• Control of substances hazardous to health (COSHH) (reg 6 (1)(a))
Guidance documents to help you meet regulations:
• Approved code of practice L8, HSG 274, part 1-3
If you can prove that you have followed and implemented the guidelines from HSG 274 it is considered that you are meeting the identified regulations listed above.