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HSE publishes guidance on the control of legionella in spa-pool systems
The Health and Safety Executive has produced updated guidance for businesses on the control of legionella and other infectious agents in spa-pool systems.
The guidance is for any business that controls or manages a spa-pool system, including holiday parks that offer spas and hot tubs as part of their holiday lets or have privately owned holiday homes with their own private spa-pool systems.
The guidance focuses on how businesses can manage the threat of legionella and other infectious agents through:
- Design, commissioning, operation and maintenance of spa-pool units;
- Regularly testing and monitoring spa-pool water quality; and
- Quality and frequency of inspection of units.
Holiday park owners should familiarise themselves with this guidance where they provide hot tubs and spa units as part of their letting fleet and should make sure that the guidance is implemented on the Park, where appropriate. As well as this, Park owners must liaise with private holiday home owners who have hot tubs in order to ensure the safe use of such units, and direct users to the relevant safety information.
The HSE’s guidance can be found here.
Our thanks to Jackie Gawen of Chiltern Consulting for technical input to this blog.
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