What is a Legionella Risk Assessment?
A Legionella Risk Assessment, or LRA, is an audit carried out to assess the risk of Legionella bacteria being present in a property.
Humans are at risk of contracting Legionellosis (the collective name for Legionnaires Disease and Pontiac Fever) from the Legionella bacteria – this respiratory disease can be fatal; 1 in 10 people who contract Legionnaires Disease die.
Legionella occurs naturally in lakes and streams, but it is also found in man-made environments like:
- Showers and taps
- Cooling towers (air-conditioning units for large buildings)
- Hot tubs that aren’t drained after each use
- Decorative fountains and water features
- Hot water tanks and heaters
- Large plumbing systems
Why do residential landlords need an LRA?
Landlords of residential accommodation have a legal duty to assess the risk of Legionella within a property and introduce control measures to minimise the risk.
The L8 Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) was published by the Health and Safety Executive in 2001 and remains in place today. This ACOP requires a landlord to “…assess the risks from exposure to Legionella to their tenants.” The full ACOP can be viewed at:
Why choose Vibrant for your LRA?
Compliant – Our Assessors are highly trained and undergo regular, comprehensive compliancy checks meeting the required Legionella Control Association, and Health and Safety Executive’s standards.
Experience – We have over 70 trained Legionella Assessors who carry out hundreds of LRAs every month.
Coverage – With Assessors located across the UK, we can assess properties covering every postcode and provide a report within 48 hours.