GUIDANCE ON LEGIONNAIRES’ DISEASE FOR LANDLORDS
Health and safety legislation require that landlords carry out Legionella Risk Assessment which cause Legionnaires’ Disease and thereafter maintain control measures to 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.
We provide Legionella Risk Assessment Watford 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.
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.
Legionella Risk Assessments
Landlords are under a duty to ensure that the risk of exposure to tenants, residents and visitors by Legionella Risk Assessment Watford 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.
Legionella Risk Assessment Watford
A Legionella risk assessment Watford is a systematic process of evaluating the potential risks associated with Legionella bacteria in water systems. Legionella is a type of bacteria that can cause Legionnaires’ disease, a severe form of pneumonia, and Pontiac fever. The risk assessment aims to identify and manage potential sources of Legionella contamination to prevent the spread of the bacteria and protect public health.
Here are the general steps involved in a Legionella risk assessment:
- Site survey: A qualified assessor visits the premises to survey the water systems and identify potential sources of Legionella growth and transmission. This includes assessing the design, layout, and condition of the water systems, such as hot and cold water tanks, showers, cooling towers, spas, and other relevant systems.
- Hazard identification: The assessor identifies potential hazards and conditions that may promote Legionella growth, such as water temperatures between 20°C and 45°C, stagnation, presence of biofilms or scale, and areas with potential aerosol generation.
- Risk evaluation: The assessor evaluates the level of risk associated with each identified hazard. This involves considering factors like the likelihood of Legionella colonization, the potential for aerosol generation and inhalation, and the vulnerability of individuals who may be exposed.
- Control measures: The assessor reviews the existing control measures in place to manage Legionella risks. This includes assessing maintenance practices, cleaning and disinfection procedures, temperature control measures, water flow management, and record-keeping.
- Remedial actions: If significant hazards or deficiencies are identified, the assessor recommends specific remedial actions to mitigate the risks. This may include cleaning and disinfection, removal of dead legs or stagnant areas, implementing water treatment measures, improving temperature control, or modifying the water system design.
- Monitoring and records: The assessor provides guidance on implementing a monitoring program to regularly assess the effectiveness of control measures and detect any potential Legionella contamination. This includes recommendations for water sampling and testing, as well as maintaining records of monitoring results and any corrective actions taken.
- Documentation: The assessor prepares a comprehensive Legionella risk assessment report that summarizes the findings, identifies risks, recommends control measures, and outlines a plan for ongoing monitoring and maintenance.
It’s important to note that Legionella risk assessment Watford should be conducted by competent professionals with expertise in water hygiene and Legionella control. They should have knowledge of relevant regulations and guidelines, such as the Health and Safety Executive’s Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) L8 in the UK, which provides detailed guidance on managing the risk of Legionella in water systems.
How much legionella risk assessment cost?
Commercial properties like Dental Practices, Doctor Surgeries, Small & Medium size Offices, Community Centers, Gyms, shops like hairdressers, Baker, Fast Food Shops 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 cost between £500.00 to £1500 again depending on the assets & water distribution system.
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