MANAGEMENT OF LEGIONELLA RISKS
A Safety Notice drawing attention to key aspects of the management of risks from legionella, has been issued by the Health & Safety Executive after conducting a review, which identified that 90% of outbreaks of the disease in GB over the past 10 years stemmed from failure to recognise potential problems or adopt effective control measures. HSE’s findings confirmed the most common sources of significant outbreaks were cooling towers and evaporative condensers, which save energy by providing lower temperatures than conventional air-cooled or water-cooled condensing systems.
The safety notice stresses the need for effective and consistent monitoring of water quality and the importance of responsibilities being assigned to named individuals with proper management oversight. ”˜Management of the risks from legionella in cooling towers and evaporative condensers’ is available at http://tinyurl.com/bizinf-3241a. The guidance includes a section for employers, landlords or others in charge of premises entitled ”˜What you must do’, which is available at http://tinyurl.com/bizinf-3y241 (HSE Infoline; tel: 0845 3450055).