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Legionella Control announces breakfast seminars following changes to HSG274 Part 2 Guidelines
Legionella Control International has launched a nationwide series of short but concise 'Breakfast Briefings' to get facilities managers up to speed following major changes to the HSE's ACOP L8 and HSG274 Part 2 (Hot and Cold Water Systems) Guidelines.
The regulatory changes affect any company or organisation providing hot and cold water at their premises and should be clearly understood by all duty holders, health & safety managers and business owners responsible for the management of risk systems and compliance to legal requirements.
The new legionella control rules are based on an amended edition of the HSE's Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) L8 and an additional guidance document entitled HSG274. This is split into three sections covering Cooling Water Systems, Hot and Cold Water Systems and Other Risk Systems. The changes are designed to improve legionella safety and best practice across the board and ensure the British public are given the best possible protection against the harmful waterborne disease.
The informative Breakfast Briefings by Legionella Control International take the form of a short seminar which provides a clear and succinct overview of all ACOP L8 and HSG274 Part 2 changes. The events are scheduled for venues across the UK and Ireland, from London to Leeds and Belfast to Birmingham. They are designed for duty holders, health & safety managers, business owners and those responsible for the management of risk systems and will help stakeholders to understand the changes and adapt procedures accordingly to remain compliant.
"Hot and cold water systems, covered by the new HSG274 Part 2, are by far the most common form of water system that can potentially create a legionella risk and so these changes are likely to affect you, your staff and your organisation," warns John Dobson, Managing Director of Legionella Control International. "It is therefore essential that you understand the changes and adjust your legionella risk management systems to remain fully compliant with the law."
The changes have seen HSG274 Part 2 increase significantly in volume from 15 to 58 pages which represents a vast number of additions that need to be taken into account. The Breakfast Briefings offer clients a comprehensive overview of the revisions as well as help and advice on what steps need to be taken in order to meet the new compliance requirements.
A major change to the new HSG274 Part 2 is the necessity for risk assessors to have a thorough understanding of thermal disinfection and the risks associated with legionella bacteria and scalding from hot water.
Domestic property landlords are also targeted with the new section entitled 'Residential accommodation: Landlords and shared premises' offering a range of guidance and risk assessment direction to the overseers of tenanted properties.
Other important amendments include a required knowledge of water system engineering design, specialised consideration for healthcare and care home properties, new routine monitoring recommendations and broadened risk assessment and written control scheme requirements.
To find out more about the Breakfast Briefings or to make a booking at one of the various venues, visit:
T: 0161 877 0586
24th April 2014