Restaurants & Cafes

Restaurants and cafes use a lot of water during the course of an average day, not only in food preparation and cooking but also for hygiene purposes both in the kitchen and the public areas. There are obvious areas which present a high risk of Legionella such as showers, air conditioning, water systems and sprinkler systems but other areas can be easily overlooked such as water features, shower taps in kitchens, salad and buffet bar humidifiers. Another related are which needs to be managed is potable water which will be used in cooking and/or consumed by your patrons. It is essential that coffee machines, ice machines and all drinking water outlets are well maintained and cleaned.


Control of substances Hazardous to Health Regulation (2002)
Health and safety at work Act 1974

Professional Guidelines

HSE – Legionnaires Disease Guide for Employers
HTM 04-01 (The Control of Legionella, Hygiene, ‘Safe hot water’, Cold water and Drinking water systems)
ACOP L8 (The Control of Legionella Bacteria in Water Systems)