Legionnaire’s Risk Assessments
There have been a number of changes this year by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) and Housing Minister.
New regulations in respect of The Approved Code of Practice L8 and “reducing the risk of Legionnaires disease” requires that all rental properties have a Legionella Risk Assessment completed on all rented properties, of which is carried out by a competent person and that all relevant recommendations be immediately complied with. If we are managing your property, we insist a Legionella Risk Assessment is carried out and made available to the tenant, at a cost of £70, payable by the Landlord.
Unfortunately with local councils becoming more strict on their rules, this is not something that can be ignored due to legal/compliance issues, particularly in relation to tenants health and safety matters, whereby local councils have the power to impose fixed penalty fines up to £500.
The Provisions of the amended act are to ensure health and safety is complied with. Regulations are made up of:-
* ACoP (l8) The control of Legionella bacteria in water systems
* HSG274 Part 1, 2 and 3
* COSHH Regulations
Your Legal Requirements as a Landlord is to appoint a competent person to:-
* Identify and assess sources of risk (Risk Assessment)
* Carry out any new risk assessments, only if any changes occur to the hot & cold water services, or if the owner changes
* Prepare a scheme for preventing or controlling the risk
* Implement, manage and monitor precautions
* Keep records of precautions
* Appoint a person to be managerially responsible
What is a competent person?
A competent person is, as defined by the Health & Safety Executive, is someone who has sufficient training, experience or knowledge and other qualities that allow them to assist you properly, in carrying out the risk assessments and any additional recommendations. The level of competence required will depend on the complexity of the situation and the particular help you need.
Who we will be using as a competent person?
Leapfrog Lettings have begun working with several Water Hygiene Specialists offering a wide range of water treatment and water hygiene services designed to improve both the safety and cost effectiveness of our customer’s water systems, providing the highest standards in water management, with memberships to the british Occupational Hygiene Society and Residential Landlords Association.
These Risk Assements will be carried out on every newly tenanted property (at change of tenant/occupation) with a maximum period of 3 years. A certificate will be held on file for our records.