The rented housing market has been subject to considerable scrutiny in the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower disaster, with much media analysis of the landlord and tenant relationship. It appears that tenants’
Our engineers inspect thousands of rental properties every year to carry out Legionella risk assessments, so they see an enormous variety of houses and plumbing systems. This week we’ve been speaking
Undertaking a Legionella risk assessment can be a daunting task for the uninitiated, which is partly why we set up Compliance for Landlords as a division of Urban Environments. For a busy landlord with
The news this week that a public swimming pool in Rochdale has been closed for the second time this year after Legionella was found again in the showers, brings home the importance of constant vigilance
Like all living organisms, Legionella bacteria need the right conditions to survive. Legionella control measures are largely aimed at ensuring that these conditions are not allowed to occur, thus effectively
When our engineers carry out Legionella risk assessments they are trained to gather visual evidence as part of the process. Photography and schematic drawings are an essential part of assessing and recording
As stated on the Health & Safety Executive’s website, “For most domestic hot and cold water systems, temperature is the most reliable way of ensuring the risk of exposure to Legionella bacteria is
One of the most common sources of nourishment for Legionella bacteria in a domestic water system is sediment, rust or other dirt. Therefore, an important control method is to ensure that cold water storage
Some landlords and letting agents manage their own Legionella control programme as they are sufficiently experienced and knowledgeable to handle risk assessments and maintenance programmes. However, many
In its guidance on Legionella & Landlords’ responsibilities, the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) isn’t prescriptive about how often a Legionella risk assessment should be reviewed, but it does
Legionnaires’ disease is a potentially fatal form of pneumonia caused by inhalation of tiny droplets of water contaminated with Legionella bacteria. Legionella can lurk in hot and cold water systems so, along with gas safety, electrical safety and fire risk management, the law now requires landlords to assess and manage water safety in their properties.
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