HSG282 A Quick Guide
09 Aug

HSG282 A Quick Guide

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HSG282 A Quick Guide

Hot tubs and spa pools are now widely recognised as a potential source of several different diseases including Legionnaires disease. They are caused by bacteria that contaminate and then grow in the heavily oxygenated, warm waters found in spa pools & hot tubs in leisure centres, hotels, holiday homes, on cruise ships and on display.

To ensure the safety of the general public the Health & Safety Executive released a set of guidelines while not strictly law, would almost certainly be used as best practice guidelines in the case of a legal prosecution - you can read this here


The HSE’s latest version of HSG282 deals with the control of legionella in spa pools and hot tubs and is written from the point of view of  those people and organisations that manage or operate spa pools & hot tubs.

The guide explains how to manage and control the risks from legionella and other infectious bugs that may contaminate the pool water and circulation systems and helps those involved in the maintenance, design; manufacture, import; supply and installation of spa pools meet their responsibilities under the HSG282 guidelines.

Controlling legionella in spa pools

In addition to the advice on how to operate and maintain spas in commercial settings, the updated guide also gives advice on the management of spa pools and hot tubs used in a typical business setting, including those in holiday parks, hotels, and where spas are used in shops on display or at exhibitions.

The guide includes advice on effective ways to safely manage and control spas through:

  • design, commissioning, operation and maintenance;
  • testing and monitoring spa-pool water quality;
  • quality and frequency of inspections.

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