Legionella Risk Assessment

Legionella Control and Management

It is important that Sports and leisure facilities take the risk of legionella and water hygiene seriously. Sports and leisure facilities are often used on a seasonal basis, or will go through periods of low use and therefore will have periods of low water usage which can significantly increase the risk associated with legionella growth and bacterial proliferation in the water system.

Further to this, some venues will have water containing equipment that also encourage bacterial growth including legionella. Communal showers and spa baths for example all increase the risk of exposure.

Whether your site is a small golf course, a 60,000 seater stadium or a public park there are many water containing systems that will need to be assessed and will require a routine management system to ensure the risks are suitably managed and maintained.

Sports and leisure facilities will always offer particular challenges in Legionella risk management and BRIO Group are leisure industry specialists, and the introduction of HSG282 Control of Legionella and other infectious agents in Spa Pools, and the HSE Legionella Management in Leisure Centres guidance in Ireland has placed an emphasis for Spa Pool and leisure operators to ensure their legionella risk assessments are undertaken as per legislative requirements.

The LCA was founded in 1999 by the British Association of Chemical Specialities (BACS) and the Water Management Society (WMSoc). A Recommended Code of Conduct for Service Providers concerned with controlling the risk of legionella was formulated and launched. Companies and individuals were invited to pledge to a number of commitments making up the Code of Conduct with the specific objective of raising standards in the control of legionella bacteria in water systems.

Over time the Code of Conduct has been refined and there are now nine Service Provider Commitments. The Code requires service providers to draw up a Statement of Compliance addressing each Commitment and to establish and maintain appropriate management systems for those services that they offer associated with the control of legionella.

You can also download a copy of the LCA Code of Practice here (LCA Code of Conduct)