The recent legislation changes for Legionella are some of the most significant changes since the annual gas safety check.
Legislation surrounding the risks and maintenance of Legionella control has been finalised and it is now the legal requirement of all landlords to have two yearly Legionella risk assessments carried out and remedial work to deal with the risks that arise. This is as important as annual gas safety checks and is necessary. Failure to manage the Legionella risk is a criminal offence and can result in a fine or even a custodial sentence even if there has been no illness. Legionella is a water borne bacteria that can reside in taps, water tanks, pipe “dead legs”, shower heads and cooling appliances such as air conditioning. The new legislation requires that all landlords are now responsible for the testing for and remedial works to manage the risks of Legionella.
All tenanted properties should have been assessed by the beginning of October 2015 and remedial action taken where necessary. This work has to be completed by an accredited and qualified assessor. Landlords that wish to arrange their own Legionella risk assessment, checks and remedial action will be required to provide in writing that they are the responsible person for the management of Legionella risk.
At Locate we have been working to secure the services of Legionella management providers and are prepared to arrange Legionella testing, risk assessment and management for your property.
What is Legionella?
Legionella is a water borne bacteria that primarily exists in warm, still waters and tanks. It is most dangerous for the very young or elderly but is still dangerous to all ages. Legionella dies at above 60C and thrives between 20C and 45C which makes the bacteria prevalent in hot water systems that only run at luke warm temperatures.