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Minimum Standards section M55

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Sunday, 11 January 2015

The 2009 Minimum Standards section M55, seems to be causing problems regarding the agreed Legionella testing schedule being signed off by the local authority Environmental Health Officer.

Newcastle Falcons have been in touch with the Environmental Health Office who have informed them that the do not, and never have, sign off such documents. Newcastle have given the name and phone number of the Environmental Health Officer to PMP and asked them to make contact for confirmation.

London Wasps have made similar contact and have received the following letter as confirmation.

Mr Robinson,

I write to confirm our telephone conversation yesterday.

The control of legionella in water systems is the legal responsibility of the employers (i.e. the club).

Our role, as health and safety regulators is to ensure that the legal provisions contained within the Health and Safety at Work, etc. Act 1974 and the regulations made under it were been adhered to by the employers so as to protect the safety and health of its employees and others that may be affected by its activities, i.e. contractors and the public. With respect to the control of legionella we would be using the Health and Safety Executive Approved Code of Practice and Guidance L8 "Legionnaires' disease: Control of legionella bacteria in water systems". Further information on this and the legal duties of employers can be found at:

We would not and never have approved a scheme of inspection and testing for legionella as this is not our role.

If you have any further queries then please do not hesitate to contact me.

Andrew Collinson

Divisional Environmental Health Officer

Wycombe District Council

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