As B & V Training Academy launch their latest training course in Legionella Risk Assessment Awareness for Dutyholders and Responsible Persons we explore why landlords and letting agents are legally required to ensure legionella risk assessments are completed on their properties.
In November last year, the HSE issued a revised version of their Approved Code of Practice, “Legionnaires’ disease: the control of legionella bacteria in water systems” (L8) which sets out guidelines and legal requirements for employers and dutyholders in managing and minimising the risks associated with legionella within all water systems. The requirement to manage this risk now also extends to landlords and letting agents, regardless of the size or complexity of the hot and cold water system.
While Legionnaires’ disease is relatively rare (there were 359 reported cases in England Wales during 2010), it is serious and is often fatal. The HSE are taking the risks associated with legionella bacteria and Legionnaires’ disease very seriously and employers and landlords who fail to comply with the Approved Code of Practice they could face a hefty fine.
The Landlord is responsible for making key decisions about the frequency and necessity for risk assessments. This means that the Landlord must have knowledge, understanding and competency to make decisions and manage the risk assessment process.
The Residential Landlords Association have released guidance for landlords about their duties and responsibilities, which can be accessed here. The guidance states, “…you need to decide what water installations or systems on the premises may give rise to a risk of Legionella. You can carry out a risk assessment yourself if they are competent, or employ somebody else who is.”
B & V Training Academy have put together a unique training package which will equip Landlords and Letting Agents with the skills and knowledge necessary to carry out their own legionella risk assessments on site. This training package includes:-
• One day Risk Assessment Awareness course delivered on-site or at the B & V Training Academy in Daventry, by Martin Joyce Head of Risk Assessments at B & V Water Management Consultancy.
• Risk Assessment template to be used for on-site legionella risk assessments.
To find out more about this exclusive package please contact us today at firstname.lastname@example.org.