Guide to 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 ACOP L8. The HSE’s L8 is further supported by the Department of Health’s guidance document:

  • Health Technical Memorandum 04-01: Safe water in healthcare premises

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 and the Care Quality Commission in relation to the control of legionella in the workplace.

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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