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Legionella


Landlords of residential accommodation have responsibilities for combating Legionnaires' Disease. Health and safety legislation requires that landlords carry out risk assessments for the Legionella bacteria which cause Legionnaires' Disease and thereafter maintain control measures to minimise the risk. Most rented premises will be low risk but it is important that risk assessments are carried out and control measures introduced.


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. The 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 cold water systems. They survive low temperatures and thrive at temperatures between 20 - 45°C if the conditions are right. They are killed by high temperatures at 60°C or above.


Our Legionella Risk assessment from £90 plus vat includes:


- management responsibilities, including the name of the competent person and a description of your system


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- competence and training of key personnel


- any identified potential risk sources


- any means of preventing the risk or controls in place to control risks


- monitoring, inspection and maintenance procedures


- records of the monitoring results and inspection and checks carried out


- arrangements to review the risk assessment regularly, particularly when there is reason to suspect it is no longer valid