What is legionella?

Legionella is the bacteria, which when transmitted to humans through the inhalation of contaminated aerosols, causes Legionnaires Disease, a potentially fatal form of pneumonia (average fatality rate of 11%). Within the home, it has been found to colonise in or near bodies of sitting water, with bacterial dispersal occurring in the form of spray from showerheads, taps and dishwasher steam.

Legionella is the bacteria, which when transmitted to humans through the inhalation of contaminated aerosols, causes Legionnaires Disease, a potentially fatal form of pneumonia (average fatality rate of 11%). Within the home, it has been found to colonise in or near bodies of sitting water, with bacterial dispersal occurring in the form of spray from showerheads, taps and dishwasher steam.

The new legislation regarding rented residential accommodation:

Recent research has demonstrated that Legionella can multiply in domestic systems smaller than the previous 300 litre limit. Hence all people who have control of premises i.e. landlords and managing agents with a water system are legally required (under the direction of the newly revised approved Code of Practice (ACOP) and guidance regarding Legionnaires Disease) to put in measures intended to control the risk of potential exposure to Legionella bacteria.

Measures to negate Legionella associated risk

In order to comply with this new legislation those responsible must ensure that a risk assessment is conducted to identify and assess potential sources of exposure and a course of action to prevent or control any risk you have identified introduced. This risk assessment should be reviewed at regular intervals, especially if any factors change such as changes to the plumbing, new sinks/baths/showers etc, long periods of non-use such as when properties are empty waiting to be re-let, and changes in people living in the accommodation and whether these may be in the higher risk groups such as smokers.

How can we help?

Our team have been trained to carry out risk assessments which will help you meet your legal obligations and help ensure the safety of your tenants.

It is always a pleasant surprise to work with a team who do what they say they will, when they say they will. When FleetMilne enlisted Skribes’ help in carrying out our legionella risk assessments, they went above and beyond the call of duty to deliver on everything we asked of them well in advance of the deadline we had set.

Their reports were clear and incisive and they were fantastic in working with us to devise a reporting system which our team could easily interpret.

Overall, we have been nothing but thoroughly impressed with their efforts.

Ben Evans

FleetMilne Property

The new legislation regarding rented residential accommodation:

Recent research has demonstrated that Legionella can multiply in domestic systems smaller than the previous 300 litre limit. Hence all people who have control of premises i.e. landlords and managing agents with a water system are legally required (under the direction of the newly revised approved Code of Practice (ACOP) and guidance regarding Legionnaires Disease) to put in measures intend to control the risk of potential exposure to Legionella bacteria.

Measures to negate Legionella associated risk

In order to comply with this new legislation those responsible must ensure that a risk assessment is conducted to identify and assess potential sources of exposure and a course of action to prevent or control any risk you have identified introduced. This risk assessment should be reviewed at regular intervals, especially if any factors change such as changes to the plumbing, new sinks/baths/showers etc, long periods of non-use such as when properties are empty waiting to be re-let, and changes in people living in the accommodation and whether these may be in the higher risk groups such as smokers.

How can we help?

Our team have been trained to carry out risk assessments which will help you meet your legal obligations and help ensure the safety of your tenants.

It is always a pleasant surprise to work with a team who do what they say they will, when they say they will. When FleetMilne enlisted Skribes’ help in carrying out our legionella risk assessments, they went above and beyond the call of duty to deliver on everything we asked of them well in advance of the deadline we had set.

Their reports were clear and incisive and they were fantastic in working with us to devise a reporting system which our team could easily interpret.

Overall, we have been nothing but thoroughly impressed with their efforts.

Ben Evans

FleetMilne Property