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 (domestic or non-domestic).
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, it is also found in human 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
Who needs an LRA (for residential property)?
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?
Accreditation – we are members of the Legionella Control Association https://www.legionellacontrol.org.uk/ and are audited annually for compliance.
Experience – we have over 70 trained Legionella assessors who carry out hundreds of LRAs every month.
Coverage – our staff cover every postcode of the UK so we will be able to help with your LRA needs in any UK property!