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Document ID (ISN)77735
CIS number 01-1837
Year 2001
Convention or series no. IAC27 (rev2)
Health and Safety Executive
Title Legionnaires' disease - A guide for employers
Bibliographic information HSE Books, P.O. Box 1999, Sudbury, Suffolk CO10 2WA, United Kingdom, May 2001. 9p. 4 ref.
Abstract Legionnaire's disease is a potentially-fatal pneumonia caused by Legionella bacteria. Legionella are widespread in the environment, and may grow in cooling towers and hot and cold water distribution circuits. They survive low temperatures and thrive at temperatures between 20░C and 45░C in presence of nutrients such as rust, sludge, scale, algae or other bacteria. Aimed at employers, this booklet outlines the steps they need to take in order to fulfil their legal responsibilities against the risk of legionnaire's disease at the place of work. In particular, these steps include conducting a risk assessment, implementing preventive measures and keeping records.
Descriptors (primary) responsibilities of employers; premises; legionellosis; United Kingdom
Descriptors (secondary) pathogenic bacteria; air conditioner disease; legislation; water heaters; hazard evaluation; cooling towers
Document type F - Information notes, codes of practice, standards
Country / State or ProvinceUnited Kingdom
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s) Biological hazards
Browse category(ies) Bacterial and parasitic diseases