Legionella risk assessments are now a statutory legal requirement under the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002, in exactly the same way that annual gas safety certificates are a statutory legal requirement under the Gas Safety Regulations 1998. There seems to be a general misconception that gas safety checks are mandatory, but legionella risk assessments are just ‘best practice’, but this is not the case.
An assessment can be carried out by a ‘competent’ person. A ‘competent’ person does not need to be a contractor, and can be ‘someone with the necessary skills, knowledge and experience’ in understanding how legionella bacteria grows, how it becomes a risk, and what steps can be taken to reduce the risk. If you wish to carry this out yourself we suggest you follow the guidance of The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) at http://www.hse.gov.uk/legionnaires/faqs.htm. Alternatively if you wish to organise for a specialist water treatment company please contact Suzana in Property Management for more information on 0208 995 1600 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Should the assessment show the risks are low and are being properly managed, no further action is needed. Should the assessment show the risks are high, immediate action should be taken. It is important to review the assessment regularly in case anything changes in the system.