Ensuring guest safety in hotels isn’t just crucial for protecting the health and well-being of all individuals on the premises, but also for complying with legal obligations. Hotels must conduct thorough Legionella risk assessments and implement appropriate control measures to prevent the growth and spread of Legionella bacteria in their water systems. Read on to find out more about the specific legal requirements that hotels must adhere to regarding Legionella risk management, as well as the potential consequences of non-compliance with these regulations.

Legionella and the law: An overview

Legionella bacteria, which is known for causing Legionnaires’ disease, can thrive in water systems, presenting a significant risk to guests and staff if not managed effectively. As a result, the law requires hotels to take proactive steps to mitigate this risk and ensure the safety of guests.

The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) Regulations 2002 state that hotel owners and managers are legally required to assess and manage the risk of Legionella bacteria in their water systems. Here are some of the key legal obligations for hotels concerning Legionella.

Legionella risk assessment. Hotels must carry out in-depth Legionella risk assessments of their water systems. These assessments must be performed by competent individuals with the necessary knowledge and expertise. A Legionella risk assessment can identify potential sources of risk, evaluating the likelihood of Legionella contamination within the hotel.
Risk management plan. The next step hotel owners and managers must take is to develop a comprehensive Legionella risk management plan based on the findings of the risk assessment. This plan outlines the specific control measures required to minimise the risk of Legionella contamination, such as regular monitoring, maintenance and water treatment.
Record-keeping. Hotels need to maintain accurate records of their Legionella risk assessment, risk management plan and any actions taken to address the identified risks. These records must be available for inspection by relevant UK authorities at any time.
Staff training. Hotel staff must receive adequate training on Legionella awareness, prevention and control measures. Training should include topics such as recognising the symptoms of Legionnaires’ disease and implementing proper water management practices.

What are the consequences of non-compliance?

Failure to comply with these legal requirements can have serious consequences for hotels. Not only does it put the health and safety of guests and staff at risk, but it could lead to significant legal liabilities and financial penalties. Non-compliance with Legionella regulations may result in fines, legal action, damage to reputation and even criminal prosecution in cases of severe negligence. Don’t risk failing to comply with the law when it comes to Legionella risk management in hotels.

If you require a Legionella risk assessment carried out in your hotel, get in touch with the team at Swiftclean today. Call 0800 243 471, send an email to info@swiftclean.co.uk, or complete the form on the site.