Landlords: How often should a Legionella risk assessment take place?

27 Apr. 2019

Written by Neil Marsh MCIPHE RP RHP EngTech

Since the release of the latest ACoP L8 and the introduction of HSG274 in winter 2013 (revised spring 2014) a stronger emphasis has been placed on Legionella risk assessments … Legionella risk assessments are a legal requirement and the assessment of your water system is will what dictate the regularity of testing, with a low-risk situation requiring testing at least every two years. The risk assessment identifies the pipework and system components such as showers, taps, pipes and tanks that make up the plumbing system and evaluates the risks associated with each.

When is a Legionella risk assessment required (before every 2 years)?

When the properties population falls within the high-risk category, such as when tenants are elderly and/or of poor health

  • When changes are made to the water system, pipework or assets
  • When the water system has had a change of use
  • When new information is published with updates to recommendations and procedures
  • When current monitoring and management processes are no longer proving effective
  • When a Legionella outbreak is suspected or positive samples are recorded

In any such instance, an immediate review of the Legionella risk assessment should be undertaken. 

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