Legionella Risk Assessment In Edinburgh & Lothians £50
Updated: Jun 10, 2020
Lothian PAT Testing Scotland are offering a professional Legionella Risk Assessment service to Landlords in Edinburgh for the small fee of £50 (VAT Free). Your legionella risk assessment will be emailed over to you in PDF format so you can forward to your letting agent or save on your PC incase you ever need it as proof in the future.
Mygov.scot says on their website Make Sure You Have Carried Out A Legionella Risk Assessment. This information on landlord legionella risk assessments can be found here: https://www.mygov.scot/renting-your-property-out/your-responsibilities/
If you don't really understand your water system or have a cold water storage tank in your loft that is hard to access / examine or you don't know what you should be looking for then it is always better in our opinion to get someone to do legionella risk assessment for you who has the experience and knowledge to carry out the legionella risk assessment in Edinburgh correctly.
The HSE (Health & Safety Executive) state on their website :
The law is clear that if you are a landlord and rent out your property (or even a room within your own home) then you have legal responsibilities to ensure the health and safety of your tenant by keeping the property safe and free from health hazards. They also say on their website : There is a legal duty for landlords to assess and control the risk of exposure to legionella bacteria.
Further information regarding Legionella and Legionella Risk Assessments is detailed below:
Legionella is a type of harmful bacteria associated with water systems, including water storage tanks, showerheads, dead legs (redundant pipework) and jacuzzis often found in landlord properties. When the bacteria become waterborne in the form of vapour or mist then they can be breathed in by occupants of the property and have the potential to cause a range of serious pneumonia-like illnesses.
It is thought that around 300 - 400 people are noted as being affected by legionella bacteria each year. I know you may think this isn't a massive number however the health effects can be serious which is why it is paramount landlords try to reduce the risk.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have provide guidance on this :
It is called the Approved Code Of Practise L8.
This code of practise displays the guidelines and legal requirements for duty holders (Normally Landlords) with regards to managing the risk of legionella bacteria.
The duty holder has a responsibility to assess the risk of legionella within a rental property. Domestic properties are relatively low risk and no water samples are required to be taken whilst carrying out the legionella risk assessment.
Some landlords will be capable of carrying out the legionella risk assessments themself. However landlord properties with more complex water systems like cold water storage tanks in the loft etc would probably benefit from a legionella risk assessment from an experience assessors who knows what to look out for.
We are trained to carry out legionella risk assessments in Edinburgh landlord / domestic properties. Call us on 07570 080429 to make a booking or email us on email@example.com and we will ensure the assessment is carried out properly for you.