Risk Assessments: Legionella

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Reducing the risk of Legionella bacteria in your property

On average, there are approximately 200-250 reported confirmed cases of Legionnaires’ disease each year in England and Wales and it is thought that the total number of cases may be underestimated. (ref: www.hse.gov.uk)

What is a Legionella Risk Assessment (LRA)?

An LRA is an audit carried out to assess the risk of Legionella bacteria being present in a property. Humans are at risk of contracting Legionellosis (the collective name for Legionnaires Disease and Pontiac Fever) from the Legionella bacteria – this respiratory disease can be fatal; 1 in 10 people who contract Legionnaires Disease die.

Where is Legionella most commonly found?

In the home, Legionella can be found in:

  • Showers and taps
  • Cooling towers (air-conditioning units for large buildings)
  • Hot tubs that aren’t drained after each use
  • Decorative fountains and water features
  • Hot water tanks and heater
  • Large plumbing systems

Why do residential landlords need an LRA?

Landlords of residential accommodation have a legal duty to assess the risk of Legionella within a property and introduce control measures to minimise the risk.

The L8 Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) was published by the Health and Safety Executive in 2001 and remains in place today. This ACOP requires a landlord to “…assess the risks from exposure to Legionella to their tenants.”

Why choose Vibrant for your LRA?

Our 70 Legionella Assessors are highly trained and undergo regular, comprehensive compliancy checks meeting the required Legionella Control Association, and Health and Safety Executive’s standards. Our Assessors are located within 15 miles of each postcode across the UK providing LRA reports within 48 hours. Now that’s efficient.