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HSE Books ACoP L8: 2013 (PDF)
The control of legionella bacteria in water systems. Approved Code of Practice and guidance.

HSG 274 Part 1 (PDF)
Legionnaires’ disease: Technical guidance Part1: The control of legionella bacteria in evaporative cooling systems

HSG 274 Part 2 (PDF)
Legionnaires’ disease: Technical guidance Part 2: The control of legionella bacteria in hot and cold water systems

HSG 274 Part 3 (PDF)
Legionnaires’ disease: Technical guidance Part 3: The control of legionella bacteria in other risk systems

Legionnaires' disease: A brief guide for dutyholders INDG458 (PDF)
This leaflet is aimed at employers and people in control of premises, eg landlords, where man-made water systems are used that could be a potential source for legionella bacteria growth. It will help you to understand the health risks associated with legionella. Legionellosis is the collective name given to the pneumonia-like illness caused by legionella bacteria. This includes the most serious legionnaires' disease, as well as the similar but less serious conditions of Pontiac fever and Lochgoilhead fever.

Audit Checklist
Control of legionella bacteria in water systems: Audit checklists.

Legionella Control Association
The membership is now over 300 organisations who have satisfied the registration requirements of the LCA and re-register annually. Membership is voluntary but is seen across the industry as increasingly important in demonstrating a commitment to high standards of service. Many public and private tenders for water system services now require bidders to be registered with the LCA.

WHO LEGIONELLA and the prevention of legionellosis (PDF)
This book provides a comprehensive overview of the sources, ecology and laboratory identification of Legionella. It provides guidance on assessment and management of risks associated with potentially hazardous environments, such as cooling towers, pools and spa baths. The document also identifies necessary measures to prevent, or adequately control, the risk of exposure to Legionella bacteria for each particular environment.

WHO Water safety in buildings (PDF)
This document provides guidance for managing water supplies in buildings where people may drink water; use water for food preparation; wash, shower, swim or use water for other recreational activities; or be exposed to aerosols produced by water-using devices, such as cooling towers. These uses occur in a variety of buildings, such as hospitals, schools, child and aged care, medical and dental facilities, hotels, apartment blocks, sport centres, commercial buildings and transport terminals.

Water Management Society
By gathering together expertise from every sector of the industry the WMSoc can offer informed and experienced assistance in all matters relating to the responsible management of water in industry and commerce through publications, conferences and journals

European Legionnaires' Disease Surveillance Network (ELDSNet)
ELDSNet, which is coordinated by ECDC, carries out surveillance of Legionnaires’ disease (the pneumonic form of legionellosis), involving all EU Member States, Iceland and Norway. It aims to identify relevant public health risks, enhance prevention of cases and monitor epidemiological trends.

HPA Management of Spa Pools - Controlling the Risks of Infection
This guidance will be of use to all who have anything to do with spa pools from the designer to the user.