Legionella in Spa Pools - Holiday Let Information

Find out about the risk of Legionella in Spa Pools, and how to manage the risk.

Legionella bacteria cause Legionnaires' disease and other illnesses such as Pontiac fever. These are infections with serious consequences. Spa pools (hot tubs) create ideal conditions for Legionella bacteria. The agitation of the water creates droplets which are inhaled by users and others nearby.

Some very large outbreaks of Legionnaires' disease have been caused by spa pools, even when they have not actually been in use.  HSE consider the risk from Legionella to be very serious and it is a priority both for HSE and for East Renfrewshire Council. 

Read our FAQs for details of legislation and how to manage the risk.  

This guidance has been produced for holiday lets who may have hot tubs available for use by the public. It is not intended to replace HSE's guidance HSG282:¬†The control of legionella and other¬†infectious agents in spa-pool systems which is required reading for hot tub operators. 

The following documents should be completed and kept for inspection:

Complete a spa pool self-assessment (PDF) [719KB]

Complete a spa pool monitoring record (PDF) [544KB]

For more information contact environmentalhealth@eastrenfrewshire.gov.uk


Last modified on 23 May 2023