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The HSE Legionella Committee
Terms of Reference
- The Committee will be known as HSE's Legionella Committee.
- The purpose of the Committee is to provide:
- the strategic lead and direction to HSE's work to control the risk of legionellosis
- a forum for appropriate directorates and divisions to consider and agree work activities, priorities and schedules
- the mechanism for co-ordinating the work activities of directorates and divisions, and local authorities so that resource is used efficiently and targeted towards agreed priorities.
- The composition of the Committee will be:
- Head of Biological Agents Unit (Rotating Chairperson)
- Head of Field Operations Directorate, Specialist Occupational Hygiene Group (Rotating Chairperson)
- Biological Agents Units: Portfolio holder for legionella
- Field Operations Directorate, Specialist Inspectors: Portfolio holder for legionella
- Head of Health and Safety Laboratory Microbiology Section
- ESID - nominated representative
- Hazardous Installations Directorate, Chemical Industries – nominated representative
- Public Services Unit (Health and Social Care) – nominated representative
- Local Authority Unit – nominated representative
- Manufacturing sector – nominated representative - TBC
- Non committee members will be co-opted as and when required
- The Committee will meet twice a year or as required.
- The aims of the Committee will be to co-ordinate activities to:
- agree relative priority of legionella issues across HSE and local authorities
- develop systems to provide trained and competent operational and specialist resources to meet HSE's proactive and reactive needs
- maintain clear operational guidance to HSE and local authority staff on responses to cases of legionellosis, and their own health and safety
- co-ordinate HSE's activities with other government departments and the industry, and managing the expectations of HSE from other bodies
- maintain sufficient technical knowledge and expertise to uphold HSE's reputation and manage business risk
- agree best means for industry to develop up-to-date and fit-for-purpose guidance, and the level of HSE support to this
- consider the outcomes of any initiatives, projects and research on legionella issues with a view to identifying future priorities
- increase the culture of competency in the industry through liaison backed by appropriate regulatory standards