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The NHS have their own legionella management guidance document. This document has slightly more emphasis on the testing regime required but essentially it was written in a way that means if implemented you will automatically comply with the HSE’s ACOP L8 document and subsequently if you comply with the HSE’s ACOP L8, you will be largely complying with the HTM 04-01 guidance document.

About the Health Technical Memorandum – The Engineering Health Technical Memorandum (HTMs) give comprehensive advice and guidance on the design, installation and operation of specialised building and engineering technology used in the delivery of health care premises.

The focus of HTM guidance remains on health care specific elements of standards, policies and up-to-date established best practice. They are applicable to new and existing sites, and are for use at various stages during the whole building life cycle.

Health care providers have a duty of care to ensure that appropriate engineering governance arrangements are in place and are managed effectively. The Engineering Health Technical Memorandum series provides best practice engineering standards and policy to enable management of this duty of care.

Health Technical Memorandum guidance is the main source of specific health care related guidance for Estates and Facilities professionals.

Health Technical Memorandum 04-01, gives specific guidance on the management of water services in health care premises.

Health Technical Memorandum 2027 – ‘Hot and cold water supply, storage and mains services’ and Health.

Technical Memorandum 2040 – ‘The control of Legionella in health care premises: a code of practice’ have both been revised, and have, at the same time, been combined into a single document: Health Technical Memorandum 04-01 – ‘The control of Legionella, hygiene, “safe” hot water, cold water and drinking water systems’.

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