Legionella Risk Assessments for Doctors & GP's

Written by our health sector specialist team, this Guide to Legionella Risk Assessments for Doctors, GP's & Healthcare Professionals has been prepared to help those involved with the provision of medical and healthcare services, including GP's and doctors, medical support staff, practice managers; and property and building service engineers.

A legionella risk assessment is an essential risk management process and comprises a detailed examination of the risks presented by man-made water systems, and seeks to identify and assess the risks of exposure to legionella bacteria.

The guide covers a range of aspects associated with the legionella risk assessment process including compliance requirements, whether you actually need a risk assessment, and what is involved if you do.

The guide identifies the relevant sections of the Health & Safety Executives Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) L8, HSG274 Parts 1, 2 & 3 and the Department of Health's HTM 04-01 which deal with issues surrounding the control of Legionella associated risks in the workplace and includes:

  • What is Legionnaires’ disease?
  • Where do legionella bacteria come from?
  • We operate a community medical centre, do we need a risk assessment?
  • Who can carry out my risk assessment?
  • Where are the greatest risks?
  • Are there any areas that are exempt from the need for a risk assessment?
  • Do I need to keep records?
  • Is training required for staff involved with the management of legionella risks?
  • How often should I review my risk assessment?
  • Where can I get further assistance?

Legionella Risk Assessment

In the UK, all doctors surgeries, medical centres and other healthcare premises are required to have a written scheme together with a legionella risk assessment for controlling identified risks in accordance with the Health & Safety Executives Approved Code of Practice and Guidance document L8. The HSE's ACoP L8 is further supported by the Department of Health’s guidance document:

  • Health Technical Memorandum 04-01: The control of Legionella, hygiene, “safe” hot water, cold water and drinking water systems (HTM04-01)

If dental treatment facilities are present within the medical centre then the following HTM document will also apply:

  • Health Technical Memorandum 01-05: Decontamination in Primary Care Dental Practices (HTM01-05)

Compliance with HTM04-01 and where relevant, HTM01-05 will satisfy the requirements of the HSE’s ACoP L8.

Our Guide to Legionella Risk Assessments for Doctors, GP's & Healthcare Professionals is currently only available to owners and operators of recognised medical centres, GP practices; and healthcare professionals.

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