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Industrial Health and Safety: Legionnaires’ Disease

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 28th June 2012.

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Photo of Julian Sturdy Julian Sturdy Conservative, York Outer

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he is taking to improve enforcement of health and safety controls for legionnaires’ disease.

Photo of Chris Grayling Chris Grayling The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions

Last year, HSE's Legionella Committee asked the Health and Safety Laboratory to review recent legionella outbreaks and identify any recurring causes or trends in order to inform future interventions. That work is almost complete and the committee will consider it at their next meeting on 28 June, when they will determine what further action is required to help ensure that companies meet their legal obligations to control and manage the risks in relation to legionella.

Many premises with the potential for legionella risks are regulated by local authorities and HSE will continue to work closely with them in developing and delivering future interventions.

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