Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) L8- Legionnaires' Disease

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We are now going to look at the Approved Code of Practice, ACOP L8: Legionnaire's Disease. The control of Legionella bacteria in water system in the UK is a document that provides guidance on how to assess and manage the risks associated with Legionella bacteria in water systems.

The ACOP L8 was introduced in 2001 and is regularly updated to reflect changes in legislation, best practice and scientific understanding. The ACOP L8 provides a framework for controlling Legionella bacteria in water systems and it is an essential reference for those responsible for managing the risks associated with Legionella in the workplace. The guidance provides detailed information on how to carry out a risk assessment, to identify potential sources of Legionella such as cooling towers, hot and cold water systems and air conditioning systems. The risk assessment process includes an evaluation of the likelihood of Legionella growth and spread, the consequence of exposure to Legionella and the effectiveness of existing control measures.

The ACOP L8 also provides guidance on the selection and use of contractors to carry out Legionella control activities. And it provides advice on the qualifications and competences required for those involved in Legionella management. Employers have a legal duty to comply with the ACOP L8 and failure to comply can result in significant fines and even criminal prosecution. Building owners and managers must ensure that they are aware of guidance and implement an appropriate control measures to manage the risk associated with Legionella in their water systems. Employers must also ensure their employees are trained in Legionella management and the appropriate Personal Protective Equipment, or PPE, is provided where necessary.