Landlords please don't neglect your Legionella duties
Posted on 1st May 2018 at 11:20
Since it became legislation in 2014, we have been making sure that our Landlords know about their responsibilities relating to prevention of Legionnaires Disease.
Whilst many have the required assessment and monitoring checks in hand, others still have doubts that the extra tasks are necessary and in doing this are leaving themselves open to possible prosecution or worse.
Now we know that if this was the only thing Landlords had to concentrate on it may be much easier, but the truth is that this is only one thing amongst many which they have to deal with on a daily basis. For that reason here at Strawberry we ensure that we ourselves stay abreast of the legislation and how it is being applied and enforced. We have been attending some training and update sessions recently and thought it was worth sharing the stance being taken by those enforcing this law:-
• On the Health and Safety Executive website - “There is a legal duty for landlords to assess and control the risk of exposure to legionella bacteria”
• And the ‘big law’ behind the regulations – “A Landlord or their Letting Agent is required to have a Legionella Risk Assessment carried out under Section 3 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.”
So, in order to be compliant, a Landlord and their Letting Agent need to be satisfied that the property that they are moving a tenant into has been risk assessed to minimise any hazards. Traditionally this may have meant taking care of the fire, gas and electrical elements of the property and its contents but since 2014 the safety of the water system (from a bacteriological point of view) is given equal importance. Not always front of mind, but vital to be addressed in order to guarantee tenants health & safety and to stay on the right side of the law.
We are very pleased that many of our Landlords are already fully compliant however for those who feel that they require additional support we can help with both risk assessment and monitoring tasks as part of our valuable management service.
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