A new Code of Practice guideline set by the Health & Safety Executive means that all landlords and managing agents must now conduct risk assessments for legionnaire’s disease in rented accommodation.
As a landlord, if you have a leaking pipe or broken tap within your property, you would be the responsible person for the repair so this new legal requirement also applies to you.
Records taken must clearly state all aspects of Legionella risk assessment control and records must be kept for at least 5 years.
Legionella bacteria can multiply in hot or cold water systems and storage tanks. It can spread via showers and taps. Legionella Risk assessments should identify and assess any potential sources of exposure, and steps must be taken to actively prevent or control any risks that are identified.
Whether the Risk assessment work is organised by the estate agent or the landlord, make Central Gas Safety your first port of call. Our assessments and reports will confirm whether conditions are present for bacteria to flourish.
We carry these out in Uttoxeter, Derby and surrounding areas so lease get in touch.
To identify the sources of risk in your water system we will:
- Check if water is stored or re-circulated as part of your system
- Check if the water temperature in some or all parts of the system is between 20–45 °C
- Check if there are sources of nutrients such as rust, sludge, scale and organic matter
- Check if conditions are present to encourage bacteria to multiply
- Check if it is possible for water droplets to be produced and, if so, whether they could be dispersed over a wide area, e.g. showers
- Check if it is likely that any of your residents are more susceptible to infection due to age, illness, weakened immune system and whether they could be exposed to any contaminated water droplets
- Inspect header tanks and exposed pipe work for bio film and dead legs
- Check if sanitising shower heads and wastes and recording water temperatures from sentinels is required
If we decide that the risks are insignificant, our assessment is complete and we will confirm this in writing. You will then have records which can be given to existing and new tenants. No further action will be taken other than to review the assessment periodically.
If we feel the assessment is unsatisfactory we will let you know what can be done to improve things. This may include disinfecting the system, making sure that no water can stagnate anywhere, insulating pipework and keeping water cisterns covered so they are free of any debris. We will sanitise and shower or tap heads on our visit.
Tenants should also be fully informed of any risks and encouraged to take precautions such as flushing through showers that are rarely used.
If, as a Landlord, you have any concerns we suggest that you contact your local HSE office or Environmental Health Department.
Legionella Risk Assessment Price List
|Legionella Risk Assessment||£70.00|