A new HSE legislation is enforcing the importance of landlords, letting agents and property owners complying with a new set of standards to safeguard against the ramifications of legionella. Property owners who fail to comply with the essential standards will face prosecution as the consequences of legionella can lead to fatal, devastating outcomes if left to transform into Legionnaires’ disease.
Legionella is typically born in aquatic environments but if given the chance to breed, can develop rapidly and have fatal implications. Legionnaires’ disease is a fatal form of pneumonia that can contaminate water systems and poison tenants. Although outbreaks are rare, the legislation is in place to ensure that it remains a contained condition.
The HSE issued an updated version of their Approved Code of Practice which is entitled, “Legionnaires’ disease: The Control of Legionella Bacteria in Water Systems” and sets out precautions required to ensure that the issue remains tightly controlled in households and businesses.
Property owners can abide by the new legislation by implementing a few strategies to ensure that their tenants and properties are safe. Here are some of LetBritain’s recommendations to ensure that you meet the legislation’s requirements:
Remember, complying with the legislation is not optional. It is essential for all those who have a responsibility in its management, including letting and property agents and landlords, to ensure staff, residents, guests and tenants are safe and adequately protected. All those involved within the property industry must comply with the approved act of practice as duty holders in the management and containment of legionella.