March 4, 2014 |

New technical guidance (HSG274) for duty-holders was published in late 2013. The guidance is for duty-holders, which includes employers, those in control of premises and those with health and safety responsibilities for others, to help them comply with their legal duties.


These include identifying and assessing sources of risk, preparing a  scheme to prevent or control risk, implementing, managing and monitoring precautions, keeping records of precautions and appointing a manager responsible for others.


The guidance gives practical advice on the legal requirements of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 concering the risk from exposure to legionella and guidance on compliance with the relevant parts of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999.


The guidance is in three parts:


PART ONE: The control of legionella bacteria in evaporative cooling systems


PART TWO: The control of legionella bacteria in hot and cold water systems

(Interim guidance ”“ Please note that this is an extract from the previous edition of L8. As this section is under review, this is interim guidance and will remain in place until the review and revision of the hot and cold water section is complete).


PART THREE: The control of legionella bacteria in other risk systems



The complete hard copy edition of HSG274, including revised guidance on hot and cold water systems, and a revised online version of Part 2, will be published in 2014.