Healthcare / care homes and residential accommodation


Healthcare Legionella control in addition to HSG274 has Safe water in healthcare premises (HTM 04-01) Part A, B and C guidance. Very much aligned with HSG274 the HTMs recognise the complexity of hospital water systems and uses. Introducing the idea of water safety plans (WSP) and Water Safety Groups (WSG) in order to bring together the necessary skills to manage the diverse water systems and use.  

The sheer size and number of assets can bring about challenges with communication, service planning and record keeping. Generally regular sampling is considered to be required and this will eventually throw up poor results, creating sometimes challenging decision making on the continued use of the outlet/area.

Additional water facilities have their own particular specialist treatment needs, RWS can help..

Care homes

HSE HSG220 Health and safety in care homes chapter 9 covers Legionella, Para 9.4 states:
A competent person, who understands the water systems and any equipment associated with it, should assess the risks of your hot and cold water systems, and advise on whether adequate measures are in place to control the risk of exposure to legionella bacteria. To achieve this, you may need to develop a simplified but accurate illustration of the layout of the water system, ie a schematic diagram.

Key points for a care home to consider: –

  • Have you assessed the risks and put suitable and sufficient controls in place?
  • Do you have access to a competent person who can manage the risk from legionella?
  • Do you ensure that the system remains clean, at the correct temperatures and there is no stagnation of water?
  • Are the frequency of temperature checks and controls in line with HSE guidance?

HSG220 Link

Residential accommodation/Landlords

What is a landlord?
A landlord is anyone who rents out a property they own under a lease or a licence that is shorter than seven years. this includes residential premises provided for rent by:

  • local authorities
  • housing associations
  • private sector landlords
  • housing co-operatives
  • hostels

The HSE says  “practical and proportionate application of health and safety law to landlords of domestic rental properties is that whilst there is a duty to assess the risk from exposure to Legionella to ensure the safety of their tenants, this does not require an in-depth, detailed assessment”.

RWS can help you with proportionate advice but save you re-inventing the wheel.

Do contact us to discuss your specific application and needs and we can usually design a suitable package.

The frequency of inspecting and monitoring the hot and cold water systems will depend on their complexity and the susceptibility of those likely to use the water. The risk assessment should define the frequency of inspection and monitoring. Read More

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