One of the most popular reports we can produce is a legionella risk assessment for landlords.
What is Legionnaires’ disease?
Legionellosis is a collective term for diseases caused by legionella bacteria. The most serious is Legionnaires’ disease, a potentially fatal form of pneumonia.
The risk increases with age but some people are at higher risk including:
- people over 45 years of age
- smokers and heavy drinkers
- people with chronic respiratory or kidney disease
- diabetes, lung and heart disease
- anyone with an impaired immune system
Where does it come from?
Legionella bacteria live in natural water systems such as rivers and ponds. However outbreaks are more likely from exposure to legionella growing in purpose-built systems. These have to be where water is kept at a temperature high enough to encourage growth. These include cooling towers, evaporative condensers, hot and cold water systems and spa pools.
How do people get it?
You contract Legionnaires’ disease by inhaling small droplets of water, suspended in the air, containing the bacteria. Certain conditions increase the risk from legionella if:
- the water temperature is between 20-45 °C
- breathable water droplets are created and dispersed through something like a cooling tower
- water is stored and/or re-circulated
- deposits exist that provide a source of nutrients for the organism like rust or sludge
Legionella risk assessment for landlords
So who needs to carry out a legionella risk assessment? The onus is on the landlords to get the Risk Assessment done in each of their properties. If the property is being managed by a letting agency/property management company, they must inform the landlord to consider carrying out a Risk Assessment. Residential properties are lower risk as they have a high turnover of water. But a periodic risk assessment is still recommended.
How can TouchRight Software help?
We have a number of national, qualified Legionella providers. They use TouchRight to complete Legionella Reports digitally for their clients.
We can connect you with a provider. Their trained staff are on-hand to produce legionella risk assessment reports using our Risk Assessment template and a follow-up Review template. The templates follow guidelines set out by the Residential Landlords Association. The legionella risk assessment for landlords report is created at the property on a mobile or tablet device. This syncs back to the TouchRight Dashboard for their office manager to review. They then create a PDF report.
Up to 15 legionella risk assessment for landlords reports can be completed in one day. Invoicing is done on a weekly basis. Even better, multiple back to back days will result in volume pricing.
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