LEGIONELLA RISK ASSESSMENT
GUIDANCE ON LEGIONNAIRES’ DISEASE FOR LANDLORDS
We provide Legionella Risk Assessment service to Property Management Firms, Private Landlords, Home Care Industry, Health Care Centre (GP Surgery), housing Authorities, Housing Associations, Hotels and Hostels in London near M25 radius.
Health and safety legislation require that landlords carry out legionella risk assessments which cause Legionnaires’ Disease and thereafter maintain control measures to minimise the risk. Most rented premises will be low risk but it is important that legionella risk assessments are carried out and control measures introduced.
Section 3(2) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 (HSWA) makes provision for relevant health and safety legislation to apply to landlords to ensure a duty of care is shown to their tenants with regard to their health and safety.
What is Legionnaires’ Disease?
Legionnaires’ Disease is a pneumonia like illness caused by the Legionella bacteria and can be fatal. The infection is caused by breathing in small droplets of water contaminated by the bacteria. The disease cannot be passed from one person to another.
Legionella bacteria are found in the natural environment and may contaminate and grow in water systems, including domestic hot and cold water systems. They survive low temperatures and thrive at temperatures between 20 – 45°C if the conditions are right. They are killed by high temperatures at 60°C or above.
Landlords are under a duty to ensure that the risk of exposure to tenants, residents and visitors by Legionella Risk Assessment is properly assessed and controlled.
Normally there is no reason why the landlord should not carry out this risk assessment himself/herself so long as they are competent. Usually there will be no need to employ a consultant. The assessment should be a straight forward simple exercise in ordinary domestic premises.
For most residential settings the risk assessment may well show the risks are low so long as simple control measures referred to in the next section are followed. This will apply to houses or flats with small domestic type water systems where the water turnover is high. Provided the risk assessment shows that the risks are insignificant and the control measures are being properly managed no further action would be necessary. It is important, however, to keep the assessment under review periodically in case anything changes to the system.
We are accredited from Stroma Certification ( https://www.stroma.com) & Kudos Compliance ( http://www.kudoscompliance.co.uk)
How much legionella risk assessment cost?
Commercial properties like Dental Practices, Doctor Surgeries, Small & Medium size Offices, Community Centres, Gyms, shops like hairdressers, Baker, Fast Food Shops etc with small water systems cost between £200.00 to £500.00, depending on the water system complexity & assets.
Larger & typical water system properties like Hotels, Care Homes, Hospitals, Schools etc cost between £500.00 to £1500 again depending on the assets & water distribution system.