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Approved Code of Practice ACoP L8

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Approved Code of Practice ACoP L8



The Health & Safety Executives Approved Code of Practice ACoP L8 – “Legionnaires’ disease: The control of legionella bacteria in water systems” provides guidelines for those with responsibility for the control of legionella in water systems.


What does the ACoP L8 cover?

The ACoP is written to help those who have the responsibility for managing risks and ensure they meet their legal duties to control legionella in the workplace.

These duties include identifying and assessing sources of potential risk, preparing a programme to prevent or control those risks; implementing, managing and monitoring the precautions, keeping records of those precautions and appointing a competent manager (the responsible person) to be responsible for others.

The primary focus of ACoP L8 covers the following important areas:

  • Legionella risk assessment

  • The role of the appointed competent person, known as the “responsible person”

  • The control scheme for legionella risks

  • Reviewing control measures and record keeping

  • The duties and responsibilities of those involved in the supply of water systems

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