New guidance, published by the HSE (Health & Safety Executive) this summer, is primarily for those who manage or operate spa systems and explains how to manage and control the risks from legionella and other infectious agents. It will also help service suppliers, designers, manufacturers, importers, suppliers and installers of spa-pool systems meet their legal responsibilities.
The government backed guidelines are ever more relevant as spa pool systems are increasingly popular and can be found in a variety of sizes and settings. Such systems pose a reasonably foreseeable risk as they are a recognised source of diseases. The control of legionella and other infectious agents in spa-pool system, produced in consultation with Public Health England, and local authority and industry representatives, will help managers and operators assess and control the risk of exposure.
As well as advice on operating and maintaining commercial-type systems, the guide provides specific advice on domestic-type spa pools or hot tubs used as part of a business activity, e.g. in holiday-park rental units, hotel bedrooms with a dedicated spa and systems on display or at exhibitions.