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Legionella and Water Safety

As a landlord, you must understand the health risks associated with legionella because you are responsible for the health and safety of your tenant and need to take the right precautions to reduce the risk of exposure to legionella.  In the first instance, you should understand the water system in your rented property, the equipment associated with the system such as pumps, heat exchangers, showers etc and it’s constituent parts.  You must then identify (in the form of a risk assessment) whether they are likely to create a risk from exposure to legionella, and whether any of the following apply to you:

  • Water is stored or recirculated as part of your system
  • The water temp in all or some parts of the system is between 20-45℃
  • There are sources of nutrients such as rust, sludge, scale and organic matter
  • The conditions are likely to encourage bacteria to multiply
  • It is possible for water droplets to be produced
  • It is likely that any of your tenants are more susceptible to infection due to age, illness or a weakened immune system