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GUIDANCE ON LEGIONNAIRES' DISEASE FOR LANDLORDS

There is a legal duty for landlords to assess and control the risk of exposure to legionella bacteria.

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 to ensure the health and safety of your tenant by keeping the property safe and free from health hazards. 

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. 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

Identify and assess sources of risk:

Three of our employees have completed Legionella & Legionnaires Awareness Training, which is CPD Certified, and can complete a risk assessment of your property.

Section 3(2) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 (HSWA) makes provision for relevant health and safety legislation to apply to landlords to ensure a duty of care is shown to their tenants' with regard to their health and safety

To book your Legionnaires' Risk Assessment complete the enquiry form below or contact us T: 90 30 90 30 and speak one of our risk assessors.