GP/Healthcare

Doctors Surgeries and Health Centres are located in all types for buildings from purpose built new builds to converted houses. Both carry their own risks as the purpose built may have a more complex water system, whereas the converted building may use the existing water system with alterations made which may result in dead legs.

One thing both have in common is the people who visit who will fall into the high risk category for having an increased susceptibility of contracting Legionnaires Disease. It is therefore essential that an effective Legionella Management plan is in place which includes an up to date risk assessment, the temperature monitoring of outlets and accurate record keeping.

Water sampling can be carried out to confirm efficacy of the management plan.

Law:

Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulation (2002)
Health and Safety at Work Act 1974
Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) Regulations 2014: Regulation 12

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)
Care Quality Commission (Registration) Regulations 2009