LEGIONELLA RISK ASSESSMENT
GUIDANCE ON LEGIONNAIRES’ DISEASE FOR LANDLORDS
We provide Legionella Risk Assessment in Chesham to Private Landlords, Home Care Industry, Housing Associations and Hotels around London near M25.
According to the Health and safety legislation require that landlords should carry out Legionella Risk Assessments which cause Legionnaires’ Disease. The premises duty manager or responsible person should apply control measures to minimize the risk. Most of the rented premises will be on low risk however it is important that legionella risk assessments are carried out and control measures introduced.
According to the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 (HSWA) makes provision on landlords to ensure a duty of care is shown to their tenants or employees.
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, but it multiple in the hot and systems. The bacteria survive low temperatures but thrive at temperatures between 20 – 45°C. If the water conditions are right however these bacteria are killed by high temperatures at 60°C or above.
Legionella Risk Assessments
Landlords are under a duty to ensure that the risk of exposure to tenants, residents and visitors by must be properly assessed and controlled.
Usually there will be no need to employ an independent consultant for domestic properties. The assessment should be a straight forward simple exercise in ordinary to domestic premises, but an only a competent and insured person can do it.
Most residential properties which are not maintained show the high risk, however, it can be controlled and assessed. Our qualified assessor can provide a comprehensive legionella assessment report which shows the level of risk. It is important to keep the assessment under review periodically in case anything changes to the system.
How much legionella risk assessment cost?
Commercial properties like dental practices, doctor surgeries, small offices with small water systems cost between £200.00 to £500.00. Larger & typical water system properties like hotels, care homes, schools cost between £500.00 to £1500.
The cost is depending on the water system complexity & assets. Give us a call on 01442-939006 or 07860 540077 to see how we can help you.