Frequently asked questions about Legionella issues

What is the difference between legislation and guidance?

Legislation you must comply with, guidance you can chose to do it differently. However in the UK whilst HSG 274 Parts 1, 2 and 3 are described as guidance it is always better to follow the guidance as then you don’t have to prove that your alternative is equal or better.

I don’t know who is responsible on my site for managing Legionella

In the UK the Duty Holder has to appoint a Responsible Person. This Responsible Person should have sufficient authority, competence and knowledge of the installation to ensure that all operational procedures are carried out effectively and in a timely way. Does this describe someone on your site? Have they had suitable training? Do you want to discuss this further. Contact us as below.

If I break the law what would I be charged with?

You would be charged with a breach of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 or COSHH 2002 or the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations. You might not even have Legionella bacteria in your system, it might be a simple as not having a system for legionella treatment.

How do I know if I am managing my risks?

Collaton Consultancy Limited offer auditing services that will identify if you are complying with the law and help you with bridging any gaps

Can you help me if someone falls ill on my site?

Of course, Collaton Consultancy Limited offer both Crisis management if there is an emergency, or day to day help and advice via our consultancy services. Just give us a ring or drop us an email, see below, and we will help

I am a water treatment company, can you help me?

Of course, our services are not just for end users. As very experienced water treatment professionals we understand the stresses and strains of your job so can help support you with technical support, expert witness services or independent advice.