If you run commercial or residential premises or you’re buying or selling a home, it behoves you to have your water systems surveyed regularly. In fact, the law states that property owners are required to regularly check their water systems for Legionella, the bacteria that causes Legionnaire’s disease. D & C Surveys in Plymouth perform Legionella risk assessments and testing in Devon and Cornwall for both your peace of mind and the public health.
Legionnaires' disease is a potentially fatal form of pneumonia caused by the inhalation of small droplets of water contaminated with Legionella. Bacteria may grow inside any manmade hot- and cold-water system and may multiply in favourable conditions, including:
As the bacteria multiply within a large or small system, the risk of exposure and contamination is increased, and therefore it must be checked and managed efficiently.
The law is clear that if you are a landlord and rent out your property, including a room in your own home, then you have legal responsibilities to ensure the health and safety of your tenant.
Section 3 (2) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 (HSWA) makes provision for relevant health and safety legislation to apply to landlords to ensure a duty of care with regards to health and safety. The law requires that:
"It shall be the duty of every self-employed person to conduct his undertaking in such a way as to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, that he and other persons (not being his employees) who may be affected thereby are not thereby exposed to risks to their health or safety."
Landlords, under Section 53 of HSWA are regarded as being self-employed and tenants fall into the class of “other persons”. This is why you are legally obliged to keep your tenants safe, by checking for health hazards such as Legionella on a regular basis.
D & C Surveys help you to fulfil your duty of care by carrying out a risk assessment and identifying any potential problems with your water system. As an employer or a person in control of premises, you must appoint someone to be responsible for risk management, including all inspection and control measures. Our experienced surveyors are more than qualified to ensure your property is free of Legionella.