Legionnaires' Risk Assessments Available

Legionnaires' Risk Assessments Available

Controling Legionnaires Disease

Legionnaires' Risk Assessments Available

Landlords of residential accommodation have legal responsibilities for controlling 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.

 

For most residential settings the risk assessment may well show the risks are low so long as simple control measures are followed. This will apply to houses or flats with small domestic type water systems where the water turnover is high. Provided the risk assessment shows that the risks are insignificant and the control measures are being properly managed no further action would be necessary. It is important, however, to keep the assessment under review periodically, normally every 2 years, in case anything changes to the system or the tenant changers a higher risk category. Records need to be current and held for a 5 year period.

More information can be found at the HSE web site here -

http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/books/L8.htm