Legionella – What Landlords need to know.
Landlord? You need to be aware of the Legionella Risk for your tenants. In 2012, 306 confirmed cases of Legionella in the UK were reported. For most people, the risk of developing Legionnaires’ disease is very low, but if infection occurs it can lead to a severe pneumonia.
Landlords are under a legal duty of care to ensure that the risk of exposure to Legionella for tenants, residents and visitors to their properties is adequately assessed and controlled. Specifically, landlords are obligated to have a risk assessment conducted out on their properties followed by subsequent periodic reviews.
Energicert’s team of Legionella assessors can carry out a review for you and supply you with a comprehensive 15 page report for your files. We can also remind you when these reports need to be updated.
What is the law on Legionella testing?
The law is clear that if you are a landlord and rent out your property (or even a room within your own home) then you have legal responsibilities link to external website to ensure the health and safety of your tenant by keeping the property safe and free from health hazards. All rental property needs to have a Legionella survey to be compliant. Call today to book your surveys. more info here
Can a landlord carry out the Legionella Risk Assessment survey?
There is no reason why the landlord should not carry out the risk assessment themselves, provided that they are adequately knowledgeable about the water system in the property; however legal responsibility rests with the landlord to ensure that the assessment has been conducted correctly.
• A through a knowledge of water temperature in all parts of the system, whether any water is between 20 – 45°C (at which Legionella thrives).
• Whether water is stored or re-circulated as part of the system.
• Whether sources of nutrients such as rust, sludge, scale, organic matter or biofilms exist.
• Whether conditions are likely to encourage bacteria to multiply.
• Whether it is possible for droplets to form and, if so, whether they can be dispersed over a wide area (as with showers.)
• Whether parts of the system are used infrequently (for example in guest bathrooms.)
• Whether tenants, residents or visitors are more susceptible to infection due to age, illness or a weakened immune system etc.
How easy is it for a tenant to catch Legionella?
For most people, the risk of developing Legionnaires’ disease is very low, but if infection occurs it can lead to a severe pneumonia. Legionnaires’ disease is contracted by breathing in water containing the legionella bacteria making it vital that when cases are diagnosed, the likely source is identified quickly and control measures put in place so that the risk of further cases is reduced.
Who is most at risk of catching Legionella?
Legionnaires’ disease usually affects older people, especially those with an existing underlying health problem . Almost 70% of the cases reported in the UK in 2011 were in people with an underlying health condition, including almost 30% in people with heart disease. Those who smoke or drink regularly are also at a greater risk of infection.
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