Statistics show that around 5,000 people contract Legionella (Legionnaire's Disease) every year leading to around 600 fatalities. The World Health Organisation have allegedly tasked GP's to test 80% of patients complaining of flu like symptoms for Legionella.
Landlords who provide residential accommodation have a legal duty* to ensure that the risk of exposure of tenants to Legionella is properly assessed and controlled.
It is recommended that every 2 years, Landlords of domestic properties appoint a professionally trained and accredited body to carry out a Legionella Risk Assessment survey, then implement any recommendations.
If you would like further information on this please contact us, or if you have recently carried out a risk assessment on your own property please forward a copy to firstname.lastname@example.org
*The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health 1999 which contains the Control of Legionella Bacterial in Water Systems Approved Code of Practice (2ACOP L8")
You can find out more about the legislation from the health and safety executive at www.hse.gov.uk/legionnaires/index.htm