• International Workplace
  • 19 September 2003

New Legionella Guidance from Workplacelaw Network

The Workplacelaw Network has published a new model document with extensive guidance notes to help building services managers ensure their water systems are free from legionella infection, ensuring they comply with their duty under UK law to safeguard the health, safety and welfare of employees and the public.

The Legionella Policy and Management Guide version 1.0 (ISBN 1-900648-74-1, £74.99) contains a model policy document, which employers can customise for their own needs, and a comprehensive management guide to help them develop and implement their own legionella policy and prevention system. The management guide comes with useful appendices, including ‘Chain of Command’ and ‘Action Plan’ diagrams, and standard recording forms.

The policy and management guide is written by Giles Green, Principal Scientific Advisor for top environmental consultants Casella Winton. Giles travels throughout Europe, Asia and Australia to investigate outbreaks of legionella infection as head of Casella Winton’s Outbreak Investigation Team. The document and guidance are published in association with Osborne Clarke solicitors.

The Legionella Policy and Management Guide version 1.0 is available in MS Word and Adobe Acrobat pdf format as an electronic download from the Workplacelaw Network online - - or by calling 0870 777 8881. A 10% discount is available to members of the Workplacelaw Network, BIFM, IFMA, RIBA or RICS. Please quote ref. 1428 when ordering.

Further information is available from Sam Colella on 0870 777 8881.


Notes for Editors

1. Research and investigation indicates that most outbreaks of legionnaires’ disease in the United Kingdom have been attributed to building water services, in particular hot and cold water supplies, cooling towers, water spray humidifiers, spa baths and pools, industrial plant and machinery utilising water storage with potential to create airborne droplets or particles. Every employer has a duty to ensure, as far as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare of their employees and members of the general public.

2. About the Workplacelaw Network

The Workplacelaw Network supplies legal support and information to over 36,000 UK managers and employers, including property, HR and health and safety managers. See for more information. Press contact: Sam Colella, 0870 777 8881,

3. About Casella Winton

Casella Winton’s key strength lies in their ability to proactively manage all workplace environmental needs allowing the peace of mind and reassurance necessary to enable companies to focus on their core business activities. They achieve this through co-ordinated management backed up by expert technical support on the ground. Their staff are highly qualified, many have BSc’s and MSc’s, together with practical experience as Environmental Health Officers, Facility Managers and Expert Witnesses. Key personnel are also members of professional bodies, supporting, assisting and leading changes in government guidance and legislation.

4. About Osborne Clarke Solicitors

Osborne Clarke is a full-service commercial law firm with over 100 partners and 800+ people based in the City of London, Bristol, Reading, Cologne and Silicon Valley, California. They are considered one of the UK's most enterprising law firms. In 2002, they were named as "UK Law Firm of the Year" by the European Technology Forum, recognising the firm's long-term commitment to the technology sector, our international vision and our work with venture capitalists.