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Legionella Risk Assessment

Fast Track Inventories – Legionella Risk Assessment Service

This information is to help Landlords, Letting Agents and Property Managers alleviate the burden of compliance.

Under Section 28 Health & Safety at Work Act 1974 regarding Legionella Risk Assessment extends to residential rental properties so there is a need by those with the responsibility of owning or managing residential rental properties to demonstrate compliance.

 

How does this legislation affect Landlords, Property Managers and Letting Agents?

To meet the legal duty in ensuring that the risk of exposure to tenants to legionella is properly assessed and controlled it is recommended that a legionella risk assessment is carried out every two years.

What you need to do?

In addition to the legionella risk assessment, preventative and control measures must be implemented to eliminate the risks and records should be maintained and reviewed regularly.

Fast Track Inventories will help to ease the burden of compliance by supplying a legionella report service to landlords and those with the responsibility of owning or managing rental properties.

Saving you time, travelling & training costs

Outsourcing this process to Fast Track Inventories will provide you with a risk assessment report, without any conflict of interest, give you peace of mind at a very competitive price and absolve you from any liability.

So what is Legionella?

Legionellosis is a collective term for diseases caused by Legionella bacteria including the most serious Legionnaires’ disease.  Legionnaire’s is a potentially fatal disease with flu-like symptoms often mistaken for pneumonia contracted by inhaling bacteria contained in water droplets.  The risk increases with age, medical and social conditions therefore some tenants may be at higher risk.

The bacterium Legionella pneumophila and related bacteria are common in natural water sources such as rivers, lakes and reservoirs, but usually in low numbers. Whilst the bacteria at low levels do not pose a health risk, under certain conditions, in water storage tanks, both hot and cold, for example, and in certain temperature ranges, the bacteria can multiply increasing the risk of Legionnaire’s Disease.

The risk of Legionella increases in water systems which are unused for any period of time which makes rental properties particularly vulnerable.

Your next step

Fast Track Inventories will provide full checks of the entire water system, including properties with Combi boilers, to include water tanks in lofts, pipes, taps, toilet and shower systems and any outside water taps or water features/Jacuzzis etc.

The risk assessment will indicate whether any action is required on behalf of the responsible person for the property and if not is a record demonstrating compliance in ensuring tenants protection against legionella.

Why instruct us?

The team at Fast Track Inventories have undergone training and obtained a City and Guilds WMSoc Accredited Certificate in order to carry out Legionella Risk and Prevention.  We can offer you a guarantee that you are safe in the knowledge that the necessary assessment has been carried out by a qualified risk assessor and will ensure steps have been taken to mitigate your liability.

 

To book a Legionella Risk Assessment please email info@fasttrackinventories.co.uk

For further information and frequently asked questions please download our flyer, Legionella Risk Assessment

For further information regarding compliance on this topic please visit the Health and Safety Executive website - http://www.hse.gov.uk/legionnaires/index.htm