LEGIONELLA RISK ASSESSMENT
GUIDANCE ON LEGIONNAIRES’ DISEASE FOR LANDLORDS
We provide Legionnaires check services to property management companies, private landlords, offices & commercial premises.
Health and safety legislation requires that the landlords carry out Legionella Risk Assessment which cause Legionnaires’ Disease for controlling any identified risk.
However, most rented premises normally on low due to high turnover of water. It is landlord responsibility to carried risk assessment and introduce control measures to protect the tenants.
According to Section 3(2) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 (HSWA) legislation which apply to landlords to ensure a duty of care is shown to their tenants.
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. Obviously, 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 systems. They survive low temperatures and thrive at temperatures between 20 – 45°C if the conditions are right. Legionella bacteria definitely killed on the temperatures at 60°C or above.
Landlord Legionella Risk Assessment
Landlords are under a duty to ensure that the risk of exposure to tenants, residents and visitors is properly assessed and controlled.
The assessment should be a straight forward simple exercise in ordinary domestic premises & more complex in commercial properties.
The purpose of carrying out a landlord legionella risk assessment is to identify and assess any risks in your water system for example:
- Water is stored or circulated as part of your distribution system.
- The hot water temperature must be between 50-60 & cold water below 20°C.
- Any sign or source of nutrients such as rust, sludge, scale and organic matters.
It is likely that any of your employees, residents, visitors etc. are more susceptible to infection due to age, illness, a weakened immune system etc. and whether they could be exposed to any contaminated water droplets.
Provided the landlord legionella 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 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 & Medium size Offices, Community , 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.
Give us a call on 01442-939006 or 07860 540077 to see how we can help you.