What is Legionnaires’ disease?
Legionnaires’ disease is a potentially fatal form of pneumonia which everyone is susceptible to. However, people who are at higher risk, include, people over 45 years of age, smokers and heavy drinkers, people suffering from chronic respiratory or kidney disease and anyone with an impaired immune system.
Are you a letting agent or private landlord in the London area – Have you completed your Legionella Risk Assessment ?
If you rent out property in London you must undertake a legionella risk assessment to protect yourself legally. You also have a duty to your tenant to ensure that you have considered the risk of legionella forming in the water system of the property you rent to them.
There are many rental properties in London that have not had a legionella risk assessment undertaken and these landlords are leaving themselves liable to large fines for non compliance.
For the sake of a few minutes of your time and a cost of less than £10 per year is it really worth ignoring ?
Dont be one of those London Landlords that ignores their responsibilities. Run your Legionella Risk Assessment today and it will be officially lodged on our register for download at any time. If asked, you can then direct anyone to the register to see the assessment is completed and lodged.
Read our step by step guide to completing a fully compliant and legal legionella risk assessment.
Legionella Risk Assessments are a legal Requirement for all Landlords.
The law and you.
The law is clear that if you are a landlord and rent out your property (or even a room within your own home) then you have legal responsibilities to ensure the health and safety of your tenant by keeping the property safe and free from health hazards.
Section 3(2) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 (HSWA) makes provision for relevant health and safety legislation to apply to landlords to ensure a duty of care is shown to their tenants’ with regard to their health and safety. The general duties require under section 3(2) that “It shall be the duty of every self-employed person to conduct his undertaking in such a way as to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, that he and other persons (not being his employees) who may be affected thereby are not thereby exposed to risks to their health or safety.”. Landlords, under Section 53 of HSWA are regarded as being self-employed and tenants fall into the class of “other persons (not being his employees)”. If you rent out a property, you have legal responsibilities to ensure you conduct your undertaking in such a way that your tenant(s) are not exposed to health and safety risks.
If a tenant were to contract Legionnaires’ disease from the water system in their home, the landlord may be liable to prosecution under HSWA, and would have to demonstrate to a court that they had fulfilled their legal duty, so it is important that they assess and control the risks.
Legionella Water Analysis (Sample Kit & Lab Testing)
Legionella Testing Analysis Sample Pack
Guidance for when to test can be found in HSG274 Part 2 page 40. Or in your Legionella Risk Assessment if you are a business. If you don’t have a Legionella Risk Assessment for your site you may be breaking the law. Speak to us today about your requirement for a Legionella Risk Assessment.
Ready to order Legionella Sample Kit with Lab Analysis
- UKAS accredited analysis as required by HSE
- Pre-paid return packaging – Order additional if sending samples separately.
- Expert interpretation and advice available
- Immediate reporting of any positive results
- Confidential service
You must not mix more than one sample per bottle, please ensure one sample bottle is used per sample outlet.
Legionella analysis has never been easier – simply click and pay and we will send you a sampling pack and instructions.
You collect the sample and post it back to us in the pre-paid package provided.
We will start your legionella analysis immediately and send you the testing results as soon as they are available. – It takes at least 10 days to confirm a negative result, positive results will be reported as soon as observed. For this reason no (early) news is good news.