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All You Need To Know About The Legionella Risk Assessment

If you are a landlord, you might have heard about endless regulations when it comes to electricity, gas safety and EPC requirements. But do you know the details about water safety regulations on your property? In this article, we are going to discuss all your responsibilities when it comes to water. We will also try to discuss the risks associated with Legionella and the things that you can do to keep everyone safe on the property.


Before we start, it is essential to understand what Legionella actually is. It can be described as a hazardous water-borne bacteria. If you own a water tank, whose surrounding temperature is around 20 degrees C to 45 degrees C, then there will be high chances of Legionella growth. If it is ingested or inhaled, then that might lead to Legionnaires disease, which is a fatal type of pneumonia.


Shall You Carry Out A Legionella- Risk Assessment?


If you are a landlord, it is your legal duty to carry out a Legionella risk assessment and take controlling measures to reduce this hazardous bacterial spread. However, you would not require a testing certificate for this one by health and safety law. Depending on where you live in the UK, it can be said whether it is mandatory to carry out the assessment. For example, it is legally required in Scotland, but not in England and Wales.

However, it should be the general legal duty of the landlords to care for and protect the health of their tenants. Testing the water in the property for safety can be described as a part of that. Thus, the Legionella risk assessment might not be a compulsory legal requirement, but landlords carry it out to ensure that the water is safe for use and drinking.


The Legionella- Risk Assessment Procedure


These risk assessment procedures should cover all the water systems on your property. The steps in this procedure will include:


       Identification of potential hazards. This will also help in understanding the risk level posed.


       The identification of the people who are at risk.


       Water testing for Legionella.


       Ensuring and imposing all the required control measures to ensure that there is a minimum risk involved.


       Reviewing the assessment as necessary.


If you possess a rental property that has storage tanks and the water possesses the threat of acquiring Legionella, then you should consider carrying out the risk assessment once every two years, i.e, before a new tenancy begins.


If you are thinking about conducting a professional risk assessment of Legionella, then the time might vary from one property to the other. The assessors would carry out temperature checks of all the hot and cold taps of your property. They would also carry out visual inspections to ensure the condition of the water system.

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