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Legionella Testing for Commercial Properties

What is Legionnaire’s Disease?

A potentially fatal form of bacterial pneumonia that is common in natural water sources


Who is at risk?

  • Everyone is susceptible to infection

the risk increases with age but some people are at higher risk including:

  • People over 45 years of age
  • Smokers and heavy drinkers
  • People suffering from chronic respiratory or kidney disease
  • Anyone with an impaired immune system

Your legal responsibilities as a Commercial or Residential Landlord

Health and Safety Executive (HSE) guidance states that if you are an employer or someone in control of premises, including landlords, you must understand the health risks associated with Legionella and control any risks.  You must understand how to:


  • Identify and assess sources of risk
  • Manage any risks
  • Prevent or control any risks
  • Keep and maintain the correct records
  • Carry out any other duties of care including regular water testing

Risk assessment

Specific guidance for residential landlords.


The regular usage and turnover of water in most residential properties means that the risk is generally considered to be low. However, as a landlord you will probably be unaware if your tenants fall into the high-risk category. Regularly reviewing your risk assessment and water testing (especially if there have been changes to the water system) will ensure that you can take any necessary action in a timely way.


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A Smart Solution


Tenants should always be instructed to regularly clean showerheads and inform the landlord of any problems with the hot water system. It is also important that landlords check the water outlets (at least weekly) in vacant properties to minimise the risk of stagnation.


By regularly testing your hot water system using a testing kit from Smartwater Testing you can ensure that you are following the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) Approved Code of Practice (ACOP).


Contact the team at Smartwater Testing today for further details or follow our 3 simple steps to:

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