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Wednesday, 23 October

Revision to Legionnaires' Disease Guide

BSRIA has published its new Legionnaires’ Disease Risk Assessment guide. Legionnaires’ Disease – Risk Assessment (BG57/2015) has been written to provide a structured framework for a legionella risk assessment that may be carried out by a building manager, competent in-house staff or specialist consultants.

It replaces BSRIA guide AG20/2000 and has been updated to take account of later standards and guidance documents, including the 2013 edition of the Approved Code of Practice and Guidance (ACOP L8) and associated guidance (HSG274 Part 1-3).

The guide will assist the risk assessor to gauge the risk posed by legionella bacteria in a wide range of situations and where necessary, make recommendations to reduce and control that risk. It contains editable pro-formas in the appendices that can be used as a template for the risk assessments.

The resulting risk assessment and evidence of the implementation of any recommendations allow the responsible person to show compliance with the relevant health and safety legislation. Without this, they risk prosecution by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

This guide complements BSRIA’s Legionnaire’s Disease – Operation and Maintenance Log Book (BG 58/2015) due for release this month. This guide will cover the recording of operation and maintenance data for risk systems and include a selection of editable forms for the common risk systems that can be used to create the log book.

For further information, visit the website: www.bsria.co.uk/goto/lra

Picture:    Legionnaires’ Disease – Risk Assessment (BG57/2015) has been published and replaces BSRIA guide AG20/2000.

Article written by Cathryn Ellis

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