Lockdown legionella threat a public health and liability concern

19 Oct 2020

As lockdown hit the UK this year, the footfall in a large majority of buildings was non existent. Specialists across the insurance industry have voiced their concerns over the potential for a build up of legionella bacteria whilst noone is using the facilities.

Speaking to Insurance Post, BLM Partner and occupational disease expert, Michelle Penn shares her views on this and has called for these risks to be re-evaluated urgently. She said:

"It’s a real opportunity for insurers and brokers to support their customers, sign posting guidance from the HSE [Health & Safety Executive] which can ensure employees and customers are protected.”

Michelle goes on to explain that by making premises covid-secure, this should also include protecting people from Legionella and including steps for this as a critical part of risk assessments.

The article has been published on the Insurance Post website and can be read in full, here.

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Disclaimer: This document does not present a complete or comprehensive statement of the law, nor does it constitute legal advice. It is intended only to highlight issues that may be of interest to clients of BLM. Specialist legal advice should always be sought in any particular case.

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Michelle Penn

Partner & Head of Strategic Delivery within Disease Practice Group,
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