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Legionella Risk Assessments

Landlords & Letting Agents Over the past few years, instances of illness and death due to outbreaks of Legionnaires Disease, caused by Legionella bacteria, have appeared on the news and in the press. Employers in the residential built environment such as those in control of premises, including landlords, are required to understand the health risks associated with legionella. The control of Legionella in rented property is a legal requirement, and duties of care are placed on Landlords as 'self-employed persons'. The House of Commons Briefing Paper 07307 (October 2015) states: 'Landlords of residential accommodation have a responsibility to take measures to ensure that their properties are free from health and safety hazards, this includes taking measures to combat Legionnaires' Disease.' Legislation There are several pieces of legislation that apply to landlords renting accommodation to tenants. The Health and Safety at Work Act etc 1974 The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 The Control Of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 Guidance Detailed guidance on the control of Legionella bacteria can be found in the following publications: Legionnaire's Disease : The Control of Legionella Bacteria in Water Systems - Approved Code of Practice L8 2013 Legionnaire's Disease: Part 2: The Control of Legionella Bacteria in Hot and Cold Water Systems HSG274 2014 BS 8580 2010 Water quality. Risk Assessments for Legionella Control. Landlord Legionella Risk Assessment We are able to assess rental properties and provide a detailed risk assessment document with schematic diagram that will help landlords and letting agents meet their duty of care under the HSE ACOP L8. Where the property allows adequate scope for inspection the risk assessment will include: Inspecting cold water storage tanks Inspecting hot water storage tanks Inspecting the property for dead legs in pipework Testing water temperatures at taps, shower heads, flow pipes and cold water storage tanks. Inspecting thermostats on boilers and hot water storage tanks for correct settings We also provide advice leaflets to tenants to make them aware of the potential Legionella risks in a domestic property and make them aware of the measures to take to minimise the risks. For more details and prices please visit our EPC website at:


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