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Legionella

Postby keith » Thu Sep 25, 2014 9:38 pm

We have a company advertising locally that Landlords must now get properties tested on request, for legionella as its a legal requirement.

Problem for some is it's £75 a shot and apparently the tenant can ask for it to be done every month if they want.

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Re: Legionella

Postby Nick » Fri Sep 26, 2014 11:12 pm

Landlords can and should do their own risk assessment - you've got a problem need close attention if you have humidifiers, air conditioning plant, pools, whirlpool spa baths and indoor fountains, or weak or vulnerable tenants, and if both ......

Identify and assess source of risk, such as:

Is water temperature between 20 - 45°C?
Are header tanks clean and covered? They should be covered with a close fitting rigid cover with screened air vents
Are shower heads clean and in good condition. If the premises are empty for more than a few days, do you run the water system though before re-occupying?
Is it likely that anyone particularly susceptible will come into contact with contaminated water droplets? Susceptibility is increased with age, drug and alcohol dependency, illness due to a weakened immune system etc.
Prepare a scheme for preventing or controlling the risk, such as:

Water in the boiler should be kept at a minimum of 60°C and at each outlet point above 50°C within a minute of running the water, but beware of scalding risks.
Shower heads and hoses should be dismantled, cleaned, and descaled regularly and between lets.
Any water units, which are not regularly used should be flushed through regularly e.g. weekly.
If your premises is empty for over one week flush through all the water pipes, taps and showers before re-letting making sure you take steps to prevent inhaling any resulting water droplets.
Visually inspect the cold water tank regularly. Ensure the tank is insulated and that there is a closed lid. Check for debris and if necessary, clean and disinfect.
Supply guidance of steps the can take to reduce Legionella and provide copies of operating instructions for equipment and systems.


http://rla.org.uk/landlord/guides/legio ... ease.shtml
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