ACOP L8 Compliant Legionella Risk Assessments for Landlords & Domestic Properties

All domestic rented properties need a Legionella Risk Assessment.  Not having an up to date Legionella Risk Assessment carried out by a "competent" person can leave you liable to fines and prosecution.  The need for domestic rented properties to have a Legionella Risk Assessment was confirmed by the Health & Safety Executives "Myths Buster Challenge Panel" in case number 357.  The requirement for a Legionella Risk Assessment is very different to Legionella Testing, Temperature Monitoring or other measures.

In 2013 the 4th Edition of the ACOP L8 was released.  Previously to the 4th edition there was an artificial 300 litre volume limit for hot & cold-water systems which effectively excluded domestic rented properties from the ACOP L8.  The limit existed because it was felt that there was little to no risk of Legionella developing in smaller water systems.  The 4th edition of the ACOP L8 removed the artificial 300 litre limit and for the first time brought smaller domestic systems under the scope of the ACOP L8.  This was done because research has shown that Legionella can exist and grow in smaller water systems.  In support of the change the HSE released a document called "Essential Information for Providers of Residential Accomodation".

Online Legionella Risk Assessments for Domestic Rented Properties for as little as £18.00.

A Risk Assessment is the first step to ensuring compliance with the HSE's ACOP L8 and is a legal requirement under health & safety law.  Risk assessments need to be carried out by someone who is competent to determine the possible risk from Legionella bacteria.  Our risk assessors are certified by Trust Mark who work with Trading Standards.  Trust Mark is the only Government Endorsed Competent Person Scheme in the UK and operates under Government Licence from the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

Legionella Risk Assessments are valid for a period of up to 2 years.  After 2 years the risk assessment needs to be "reviewed".  The ACOP L8 states the 2 year review is not a paper exercise and involves going through the same process as the initial risk assessment.  Simply not having a risk assessment or failing to have one carried out competently could be seen by the courts as a breach of health & safety law.

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