Landlords given new rules to help to combat Legionnaires Disease

23 07 2012

Local landlords are being urged to carry out a new type of risk assessment on their properties – to help control the threat of Legionnaires’ disease.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is directing residential property landlords, or their managing agents, to comply with a recently revised Approved Code of Practice –“Legionnaires’ disease: the control of legionella bacteria in water systems”.

Legionella are bacteria common in artificial water systems such as storage tanks, pipework, taps and showers. People can catch the disease if they inhale into their lungs tiny water or vapour droplets carrying the bacteria.

Illness starts with flu-like symptoms, but can develop into lung infections or pneumonia, which can prove fatal in one in ten patients.

Whilst the chance of legionella occurring in residential properties is minimal, the HSE says that recent research shows that it can be found in smaller domestic systems – hence the need for new legislation.

Different properties will require differing approaches – for example a new build property with a combi-boiler will present far less risk than a Victorian terrace with an old water system.
There are a number of steps that can be taken, from something as simple as increasing the temperature on warm water to above 45C through to system cleans.

If you would like any further advice then please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Tel: 01782 478 444     Email: stoke-on-trent@belvoirlettings.com

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