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 Jireh Homes

14:20 PM, 17th November 2015, About 6 years ago

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

SilverLady - good challenge on the requirement for an annual inspection (fee). Putting aside the argument over the requirement for a LRA, the legislation simply requires the Assessment is reviewed "periodically". This can simply be a review of the original assessment and tick list to confirm no changes (refer RLA Periodic Review Form). RLA have taken the view this is annual, but could for be every 2 years for modern combination boiler systems (so long as no other changes), and could be undertaken by Landlord or Agent.

There is a view that a new Assessment may be instructed by a competent person after some passage of time, be this 5 or 10 years depending on the design and condition of the system, but not aware of any written guidance on this topic.

by safetylady silver

13:34 PM, 18th November 2015, About 6 years ago

Martin
Apart from the fact that the self-employed MAY now be 'exempted' anyway from H&S legislation (and if you want 'clear as mud' this is a perfect example), the "5 or under" exemption is only for the DOCUMENTING of safety measures, not from IMPLEMENTING them.
In very small businesses, communication is generally quite direct and straightforward.
Once there are a few people working, communication to all gets more difficult, and formalising safety documentation should help.

So a safety policy, risk assessment and rules etc. are (were!) still needed, but need not be written down for these micro businesses.

In truth such businesses may have to get more formal to apply for contracts, or their insurers may insist, or people (like on here) say they have to, so they often do document although it need not be long-winded or even typed!

I may not know that much about legionella in the technical sense, but I know a lot about safety law. And that is how I know that I have no legal duty under COSHH regs or HASAWA.
As you yourself say, guidance, including ACOPs, are not the law. Only breaches of statute can be cited. An you have to be a dutyholder - limited to 3 categories: (1) employer (2) self-employed or (3) person in control of premises used for work purposes.

by ALAN ROSSITER

22:01 PM, 19th January 2016, About 6 years ago

So Mazy you're really worried!!
On a quick search I found this -

'In 2012, 306 confirmed cases were reported, down from 357 cases of the respiratory disease in 2010. Around 40% of confirmed cases in 2012 were associated with travel abroad, with the greatest number of cases seen in individuals travelling to Spain.

The incidence rate for England and Wales over the 3 year period (from 2010 to 2012) was 5.33 cases per million population (pmp). The peak incidence was in the areas covered by the East Midlands PHE Centre (7.72 pmp), the West Midlands (6.54 pmp) and Avon, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire PHE Centre (6.23 pmp).'

So the risk of contracting legionnaires in the UK is about 3 in a million, I know this statistic is a little dated but it's from a government website so it must it must be true.
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/latest-legionnaires-disease-data-published-for-england-and-wales

Unfortunately it doesn't say how many of these cases were traced to have a source in a residential house or flat that is let, but I'm pretty certain this is zero. Just to add to your concern whatever I do I won't be doing a a legionnaires risk assessment or paying anyone to test the water in my own house.

For me the problem with all those people who have an ax to grind in the risk assessment industry is they have little idea of how to assess a risk unless it's zero. It is just another industry that is going to try and grow on our backs.

by Chris Byways

8:53 AM, 20th January 2016, About 6 years ago

Reply to the comment left by "ALAN ROSSITER" at "19/01/2016 - 22:01":

It's the law, you have to do it, and it might be used to beat you over the head when you get the tenant from hell. But it does not have to be complex, an on site look for dead loops on the hot water, stored potable water esp if near a source of heat, and be able to show you considered the risk. A couple of extra minutes on a routine inspection / tenant welfare visit, sets one apart from a bumbling amateur landlord.

Totally unconnected, but this is a renovation I would like to say I did earlier. But I lie.
http://www.houzz.co.uk/ideabooks/57625312?utm_source=Houzz&utm_campaign=u2393&utm_medium=email&utm_content=gallery0

by ALAN ROSSITER

14:01 PM, 23rd January 2016, About 6 years ago

Chris
Sure it's the law but the points I am making are:-
1. it is an infinitesimally small risk
2. the concern shown about the risk by Mazy and the negativity about a DIY job
3. inspecting and testing every rental is a sledge hammer to crack a nut
3. a few pennies on the the buildings insurance premium could cover the risk
4. an owner occupier is not required by law to do this - why?, because the risk is next to non-existent
5. assuming a source of infection was traced to an owner occupier how would their liability be different to ours, how are they covering their backside?
6. it is a job creation scheme at our cost
7. just another tick box
8. it is the same as the gas test, how many owner occupiers have one of these annually - although this requirement is more understandable as not all landlords take much interest in their properties

Cheers
Alan

by Chris Byways

17:08 PM, 23rd January 2016, About 6 years ago

Reply to the comment left by "ALAN ROSSITER" at "23/01/2016 - 14:01":

Whilst the risk is very very small, I would feel happier to have a sheet in the file saying I had considered Legionella and, if appropriate, considered nothing needed doing.

by Jireh Homes

22:01 PM, 23rd January 2016, About 6 years ago

HSE are quite clear in their guidance that landlords must assess the risk, and a documented risk assessment by a competent person will provide adequate evidence of compliance. Where confirmed low risk there is no requirement fo the assessment to be carried out on a annual basis, so can be considered as a one-off cost. The challenge is finding an assessor who understands the risks in a domestic installation and applies appropriate recommendations, at a reasonable fee.

by Alison King

9:53 AM, 24th January 2016, About 6 years ago

Reply to the comment left by "Jireh Homes" at "23/01/2016 - 22:01":

As a landlord I take the view that anyone I subcontract is under my supervision and this means understanding their job well enough to have informed oversight. In the case of legionella, no specialist equipment is required and no skills beyond a good understanding of the risks. Paying someone to tell me what I know is pointless. I did a legionella assessment a few months ago and the tenant has a copy. She found it rather alarming and now thinks this country is high risk. Not like Spain where she comes from.

by AlanR

12:17 PM, 24th January 2016, About 6 years ago

Agree - nothing to it. I downloaded the info and form from the RLA site and performed risk assessments on both my properties. I must admit to the benefit of having technical knowledge but, even without that, it would not be difficult to carry out the RA on the average property, especially if it has a combi boiler system.

by B M

8:50 AM, 29th April 2016, About 6 years ago

Reply to the comment left by "Ralph Butters" at "10/10/2015 - 21:50":

Please contact me regarding NLIC madmidge33@hotmail.com
Many thanks


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