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Legionella is a bacteria found in water. It is found naturally in low levels in all water systems but it multiplies in stagnant water between 25°C – 45°C Legionella can cause Legionnaires’ Disease, a fatal form of Pneumonia contracted by inhaling fine water droplets containing high levels of the bacteria Bacteria will multiply daily in water if taps, showers and other outlets are not used. Dangerously high levels of the bacteria could be reached in as little as 10 days.
What can I do to control it? A risk assessment will highlight any issues present, and highlight appropriate control measures for controlling the growth of Legionella bacteria.
Is this law? Yes. Landlords have duties under health & safety law to assess the risk of Legionella and control growth of the bacteria in the hot and cold water systems in their properties A risk assessment must be carried out by a competent person, who is aware of the risks to health caused by Legionella and the control measures necessary.
Why use Kingswood Legionella risk assessor? Our assessor is qualified with Elmhurst Energy who operate a competent persons scheme where members are required to have recent training in Legionella control and can advise on how to meet your legal obligations.
For further information and to book a risk assessment, please contact us.
The acronym stands for portable appliance testing. It’s a check performed by a competent person on electrical appliances to ensure they are safe for use. The test involves a visual inspection, though the PAT tester will also use a specialist device to test polarity, insulation etc. It is a brief and routine test.
What is PAT testing? The acronym stands for portable appliance testing. It’s a check performed by a competent person on electrical appliances to ensure they are safe for use. The test involves a visual inspection, though the PAT tester will also use a specialist device to test polarity, insulation etc. It is a brief and routine test.
Which appliances should be PAT tested? Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) is the checking of the safety of portable (as opposed to fixed) electrical appliances in your property. Confusingly, portable appliances include stationary equipment like fridges and washing machines, as well as things like TVs, kettles and space heaters.
Getting these appliance tested with a PAT is a great way to ensure and prove their safety, allowing you to efficiently fulfil your duties as a landlord.
A landlords responsibilities As a private landlord, it is your responsibility to ensure all electrical appliances are safe at the start of every tenancy. You must also ensure they continue to be safe to use throughout the tenancy. A testing regime is therefore essential.
Why you should consider PAT testing? PAT testing does provide an extra layer of reassurance. It also provides an audit trail should anything go disastrously wrong.
There really aren’t any barriers to PAT testing. There are so many companies providing this service you are sure to have one near you. Testing doesn’t cost much and you could probably have all the electrical appliances in a property tested for around £30-50.( Subject to appliances) but you can also complement PAT testing by having your electrical appliances more thoroughly tested.
As part of our property management service, Kingswood Estates provides electrical safety certificates too. Please contact our qualified team on 01772 717181 who will be more than happy to arrange for PAT test for your property.
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