Risk Management

Recent changes in the HSE Guidance for Legionella control means it is now deemed necessary for Landlords to have a Legionella Risk Assessment carried out. Landlords are responsible for ensuring that the Risk of Exposure to Legionella in their properties is properly controlled.

Do I need a Legionella Risk Assessment?

Yes, because Legionella Risk Assessments are required by law

These assessments are a statutory requirement under the HSWAMHSWR and COSHH.

A Legionella Risk Assessment should meet the requirements of the HSE’s ACoP L8 and BS 8580:2010 the latest British Standard relating to Legionella.

ACoP L8 regulations guidance says that Legionnaires Risk Assessments should be reviewed at least every 2 years

These assessments are an essential step in protecting tenants, employees and members of the public from exposure to the Legionella bacteria.

What does a Legionella Risk Assessment Involve?

One of our trained assessors will visit the premises and carry out a thorough assessment of the water system’s potential to be colonised by Legionella bacteria and assess the various factors favourable for their continued growth.

A Legionella Risk Assessment will identify and evaluate all potential sources of risk associated with Legionella within the building’s water system. Including:

  • A thorough inspection of water systems in the premises
  • Water temperatures will be taken from all outlets with readings measured against acceptable parameters
  • Identification of all pipe work configurations and water sources
  • Identification of potential hazards and associated risks
  • Control scheme recommendations against the potential hazards
  • Images will be captured of all findings
  • Site drawing
  • Discussion with the building’s responsible person on assessment findings

Following the assessment

Our assessor will produce a comprehensive report, identify any risks, appropriate control measures as well as any remedial actions that are deemed necessary to meet current standards and legal requirements. The report we produce will include a drawing of the water system.

It is very important to review the assessment at least every two years and where it may be deemed no longer valid. ACoP L8 gives the following reasons for reviewing this assessment:

  • Changes to the water system or its use
  • Changes to the use of the building in which the water system is installed
  • The availability of new information about risks or control measures
  • The results of checks indicating that the control measures are no longer effective
  • A case of Legionnaires’ disease / Legionellosis is associated with the system

Essential Property Services can provide both a quick and efficient Landlord’s Legionella Risk Assessment, which will ensure that both the landlord and the tenant are fully compliant with respect to legionella control.

Legionella Risk Assessment will have a significant impact on reducing liability should any problems occur.


  • 1 – 2 Bed Flat = £69
  • 2 – 3 Bed House = £84
  • 4 Bed + House = £99