Legionnaires disease

Legionnaires’ disease is a potentially fatal form of pneumonia which can affect anybody, but more usually those who are susceptible because of age, illness, weakened immune system, smoking etc.

Employers and those with responsibility for the control of premises, including landlords, have duties to control the risk of legionella.

The duty applies to premises controlled in connection with a trade, business or other undertaking where water is stored or used, and where there is a means of creating and transmitting breathable water droplets (aerosols), causing a reasonably foreseeable risk of exposure to legionella bacteria.

Read more on the Legionella section of the HSE website.

Micro-organisms are subject to the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (COSHH).

A duty is placed on employers to carry out an assessment and to prevent, or adequately control, exposure to risks of legionella under these regulations.

Read more on the COSHH section of the HSE website.

Cooling towers and evaporative condensers

Under the Notification of Cooling Towers and Evaporative Condensers Regulations 1992, employers must notify their local authority if they have any cooling towers or evaporative condensers (except when they contain water that is not exposed to the air and the water and electricity supply are not connected).

To request a registration form or to notify us of any changes to your system contact us via environmental.health@newport.gov.uk or call 01633 656656.

Contact

For further information use the online contact form, email environmental.health@newport.gov.uk or call (01633) 656656.