Legionella Risk Assessments
As a landlord you are legally required to manage properties so as not to expose tenants, residents and visitors to risk. Heavy fines or even imprisonment can be imposed especially if someone were to unfortunately die. You can be prosecuted even if there is an exposure to risk without anyone actually becoming ill.
To comply with the law you must carry out a legionella risk assessment to identify and assess potential sources of exposure. You must then introduce a course of action to prevent or control any risk you have identified. In the majority of property this will be things as simple as descaling taps or advising tenants to flush baths or showers not in regular use.
All of our Legionella Risk Assessments are carried out by Wendy Dever, Wendy is trained specifically in Landlord Legionella Risk Assessments, she has received a City & Guilds Accredited Qualification and also has a Degree in Combined Science. We offer flexible appointment times to work around your tenants. We have professional indemnity insurance. Our Legionella Risk Assessments are tailor made for domestic property, keeping them affordable. If you would like to see a sample risk assessment please just send us an email and we will be happy to forward one to you.
What does a Legionalla Risk Assessment involve?
We visit each and every property carrying out an inspection of the water system, this will include testing water temperatures from taps & showers, identifying dead legs in the pipework, visually inspecting shower heads/taps for limescale, testing the storage water temperature, inspecting cold water tanks for debris/sludge. We will produce a comprehensive written risk assessment which will include:
- a schematic drawing of the water system and asset register.
- any recommendations required to keep your tenants safe with timescales to complete them within.
- monitoring frequencies for different water systems.
- a free Risk Assessment review form to complete annually.
- a free Guide to Tenants to issue to all new tenants.
- a free vacant property flushing log.
What should I do now?
If you do not already have an up to date Risk Assessment in place then contact us immediately, along with arranging the Risk Assessment we can also discuss and advise you on any other actions you need to take to comply with the law.
Remember this is a legal requirement for all tenanted property irrespective of the type of boiler you have, do not delay in acting on this information.