DIY Legionella Risk Assessment Reports for Just £9

DIY Legionella Risk Assessment Reports for Just £9

11:50 AM, 6th October 2015, About 6 years ago 71

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Landlords are under a legal duty of care to ensure that the risk of exposure to Legionella for tenants, residents and visitors to their properties is adequately assessed and controlled.

Landlords are obligated to have a risk assessment conducted out on their properties followed by subsequent periodic reviews. Provided that the property is low risk (which includes most residential settings including houses or flats with small domestic type water systems) there is no reason why the landlord should not carry out the risk assessment themselves.

With this in mind Property118 have negotiated an exclusive discount on the normal price of a Legionella Risk Assessment.

Please CLICK HERE and follow the step by step guide and use the form at the bottom of the page to produce your Legionella Risk Assessment for £8.95

Legionella Risk AssessmentAfter the Legionella Risk Assessment ‘do I need it or not’ debate, on October 1st the House of Commons Published a paper making the rules clear, stating “Specifically, landlords are obligated to have a risk assessment conducted out on their properties”

Tenants should be advised of any control measures put in place that should be maintained eg not to adjust the temperature setting of the calorifier, to regularly clean showerheads and tenants should inform the landlord if the hot water is not heating properly or there are any other problems with the system so that appropriate action can be taken.

Where showers are installed, these have the means of creating and dispersing water droplets (aerosols) which may be inhaled causing a foreseeable risk of exposure to Legionella. If used regularly (as in the majority of most domestic settings) the risks are reduced but in any case, tenants should be advised to regularly clean and disinfect showerheads. Instantaneous electric showers pose less of a risk as they are generally cold water-fed and heat only small volumes of water during operationLegionella Risk Assessment

A Legionella Risk Assessment is a legal requirement for all domestic properties which are rented to a tenant.

The purpose of a legionella risk assessment for your rental properties is to ensure that you have taken sufficient note of the possibility of legionella in your water system and to give practical advice to your tenants.

Most of the information you need to provide to your tenant will be contained in our prepopulated legionella risk assessment template.

Property118 have negotiated an exclusive discount on the normal price of a Legionella Risk Assessment.

Please CLICK HERE and follow the step by step guide and use the form at the bottom of the page to produce your Legionella Risk Assessment for £8.95



Comments

by Christine Price

16:12 PM, 16th November 2015, About 6 years ago

I checked with a recognised landlord body as to how this affects flats in blocks where landlords pay maintenance charges and ground rent to management companies. I was told that the regulations are designed for any building and you don't need to document a risk assessment as the regulations do not require you to document it. I assume this means that I need only seek assurance from the management company that the assessment for the water supply for the whole building is covered by their maintenance programme.

by AlanR

16:15 PM, 16th November 2015, About 6 years ago

For an average-sized 2/3 bedroom property that has a modern combi boiler system, the LD assessment is very simple. You can download the form and instructions for free from the RLA and, if you know your property well - the location of all water outlets - it's an absolute doddle. No need for "experts".

For HMOs and old houses with old heating systems, it may be too much of a challenge for a lot of landlords. So, if that's the case, get a qualified person to do it.

by Allan Mazey

17:10 PM, 16th November 2015, About 6 years ago

Reply to the comment left by "safetylady silver" at "16/11/2015 - 14:46":

RA Valid two years (unless any significant changes)
circa £90.00 per ra
£45.00 per annum

(Sorry for confusion)

by Graham Landlord

18:08 PM, 16th November 2015, About 6 years ago

I agree with Safetylady silver. There is far too much scaremongering on LD. One has to wonder if those shouting the loudest about this latest lethal problem are in some way going to gain by it. LD is a reality; it exists, but statistically so unlikely in the UK in a domestic situation as to not be a creditable risk.
The government figures say “There are 3.1 cases per million populations caught in the UK. Legionnaires’ disease usually affects older people, especially those with an existing health problem underlying. Almost 70% of the cases reported in 2011 were in people with an underlying health condition, including almost 30% in people with heart disease. Those who smoke or drink regularly are also at a greater risk of infection. Legionella grows in warm, stagnant water in natural and artificial water systems, in particular cooling towers, evaporative condensers, hot and cold water systems and spa pools.”
It would seem to me that if you don’t give your tenants a hot tub, and you have a combi, boiler you have no chance of LD. Also if you don’t give your tenants a hot tub, I guess you would need a house that has been empty for awhile so the water in the “open” header tank in the loft has a chance to become stagnant. It is also has to be the summer so this water has a chance to get warm, given the occurrence of all those unlikely conditions, you just might get LD breeding.
Every year a few houses get struck by lightning. It would save lives and damage, if all houses had lighting conductors. Why don't we? Because just like LD, it happens, but statistically so unlikely as to not be a creditable risk.

But don't hold your breath, I am sure next year will have start fitting lighting conductors.

by Mike Wright

18:31 PM, 16th November 2015, About 6 years ago

Reply to the comment left by "Christine Price" at "16/11/2015 - 16:12":

" I was told that the regulations are designed for any building and you don’t need to document a risk assessment as the regulations do not require you to document it. "

A risk assessment should be documented…. sorry !

by safetylady silver

19:40 PM, 16th November 2015, About 6 years ago

Reply to the comment left by "Mike Wright" at "16/11/2015 - 18:31":

Employers with fewer than 5 staff do not need to record the findings of risk assessment.

(I'm not saying this is a good idea, just the legal standard)

by safetylady silver

19:43 PM, 16th November 2015, About 6 years ago

Reply to the comment left by "Allan Mazey" at "16/11/2015 - 17:10":

I pay this for each annual gas safety check.
Which IS legally required (I am not self-employed or in property business, just a landlord). And there is a clear and obvious risk.

Why would I pay the same for a negligible notional risk, especially as I am not a dutyholder under L8?

by Allan Mazey

20:42 PM, 16th November 2015, About 6 years ago

Reply to the comment left by "safetylady silver" at "16/11/2015 - 19:43":

How you spend your money is up to you.
However

L8 states Duty Holder or person in control of a building, I guess someone must be in control of your property ?

Yes you can have proportional risk management of low risk systems.

The revised ACOP is guidance and you will not be prosecuted for not following the guidance.

However the prosecution will come under the COSHH regulations (which are law) and consideration will be given as to whether the ACOP L8 has been followed.

Time for a glass of vino I think.

by Mike Wright

7:04 AM, 17th November 2015, About 6 years ago

Reply to the comment left by "safetylady silver" at "16/11/2015 - 19:43":

You clearly know more about legionella control than I do even though ive been doing this type of work for over 15 years so good luck and hope it goes well if you ever end up in court.

by Martin Baker

8:01 AM, 17th November 2015, About 6 years ago

The facts (from HSE).

a landlord must undertake a simple legionella risk assessment.
Records do not have to be kept although if you end up in court you would have to prove you carried out an assessment.

So, they are helping to keep the rules 'as clear as mud'

for the simple assessment required this £9.95 report is perfectly ok.

What the HSE need to do is remove the 5 employee rule, then there will be no more confusion. I don't understand the 5 employee rule anyway. Why is a business employing 4 people less important than one with 5.

The 4 employees health is just as important.


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