Your duty of care
If your buildings are used by employees or members of the public, you owe them all a duty of care. And a key part of that duty of care is complying with the regulations on the control of Legionella bacteria.
You may be aware that Legionnaires’ disease can kill, but you may not realise just how widespread the bacteria that causes the disease can be. Not confined to air conditioning systems, Legionella bacteria thrive in warm water and can be found in hot and cold water systems, showers, whirlpool spas, fountains, room humidifiers, swimming pools, firefighting equipment (sprinklers and hose reels) and ice-making machines.
The main requirements for the control of Legionella bacteria come under the Health and Safety at Work Act, Approved Code of Practice (ACoP) L8 for the control of Legionella bacteria in water systems. This sets out your legal duties to:
- identify and assess the sources of risk
- prepare a scheme for preventing or controlling the risk
- manage and monitor the scheme
Failure to comply with the regulations can be extremely serious. At best, you could be facing a fine and a dent in your reputation; at worst, people could die. If there has been a gross breach of a duty of care, senior management and staff can be fined or sent to prison under two relatively new laws:
- the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007, under which a CEO or managing director could be prosecuted, and
- the Health and Safety (Offences) Act 2008, which could affect those responsible
Compliance made easy with Aquacare
Aquacare is part of Bournemouth Water. Our primary objective is to make sure that your organisation complies with ACoP L8 and the Water Supply (Water Fittings) Regulations.
We give people peace of mind because they know that the reputation of their organisation and the health and safety of their employees and customers are in safe hands. Clients include businesses of all kinds, factories and workshops, schools, hotels, councils, emergency services and others.
For more information please call 0845 603 2152 or visit www.aquacarewhs.co.uk