According to existing UK law, if you can be defined as a landlord and you rent out property, even if it’s just a single room in your own home, then the law requires that you the property is safe and does not pose a potential health hazard for your tenants.
The L8 Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) regulations state that landlords are legally obliged to carry out Legionnaires disease risk assessments for their water systems. Landlords’ Legionnaires risk assessment is the first step to make sure that the Legionella bacteria is prevented from growing and multiplying.
The main goal of Legionella risk assessment for residential landlords is to identify water systems that might favour the proliferation of Legionella bacteria, assessing at the same time the risk of aerosols being dispersed into the atmosphere and ultimately inhaled by susceptible people.
No water systems are immune to the risk of Legionella or Legionnaires disease and therefore they should all be included in any risk assessment, but extra attention must be paid to:
* Cooling towers and water cooling systems
* Hot and cold water systems
* Sprinklers, vehicle washing systems, safety showers
* Misters, wet scrubbers, spray humidifiers and air washers
* Evaporative condensers
* Fountains and other water features
* Spa pools
* All other systems containing water that might could promote the multiplication of Legionella bacteria
Who can carry out landlords’ Legionella risk assessments?
Landlords may wish to attempt to carry out a Legionnaires disease risk assessment themselves, and in many cases, it can be relatively straightforward. If you, as a landlord, are able to clearly understand the risks of running a system of hot and cold water, and are able to put in place the effective control measures needed to eliminate the possibility of that system becoming colonised with Legionella bacteria and other microorganisms, then you may wish to go it alone.
If you choose to eliminate all doubt, however, and call in water management professionals to take care of the whole process for you, efficiently and without risk of accidental oversight, it doesn’t have to be particularly expensive or burdensome. As well as taking care of the whole process, from the initial landlord risk assessment form to the final implementation of all of the relevant controls and precautions, Blue Fish Water Management can also arrange for landlords to be trained and accredited.
How often must landlords carry out a Risk Assessment?
According to ACOP regulations, landlords’ Legionella risk assessments must be carried out whenever any changes occur to existing water systems and a minimum of at least every two years is recommended.
The Blue Fish Water Management team of highly experienced risk assessors can quickly and efficiently provide comprehensive but concise risk assessments for landlords, as well as expert water analysis and various disinfection solutions, all of which are fully up-to-date and 100% compliant with the latest ACOP regulations.
Blue Fish Water Management are risk assessment experts who can come to your business premises or residential building and ensure the health and safety of your employees, tenants and other visitors, as well as giving you peace of mind.
It is your legal duty to make sure your water is safe from Legionella. Book a risk assessment by giving Blue Fish Water Management a call today.