Archive September 2019

Legionella risk assessment for landlords: are your tenants at risk?

Every year, hundreds of people in the UK contract Legionnaires’ disease; a lung infection so severe that around 10% of cases prove fatal. Contracting this disease isn’t unavoidable, in fact it is quite preventable if the right measures are taken to prevent the growth of the bacteria that causes it. That’s where your responsibility as a landlord comes in. When was the last time you had a Legionella risk assessment for landlords carried out at your property?

If the answer is never or not for at least a year, then it’s time you get one. Here’s why: 

Legionella is all around us

Legionella bacteria can be commonly found in natural water sources, such as lakes and rivers. However, levels occurring in natural environments are usually not high enough to pose a threat when we’re exposed to it. 

In contrast, man-made environments, such as water storage units, air conditioning systems and other water systems in kitchens and bathrooms can present an ideal breeding ground for Legionella to multiply to dangerous levels. These bacteria thrive especially well at water temperatures between 20–45°C. 

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Legionella can be controlled with legionella risk assessment for landlords

Legionella likes warm, slow-moving water to grow. A Legionella risk assessment carried out for your residential property, can help identify potential risks and suggest how to mitigate or eliminate them. For example, instantaneous water heaters can be used to avoid the use of water storage tanks, and control settings on hot water cylinders can be set to 60°C.

As a landlord, UK legislation, namely the L8 Approved Code of Practice, states that you are required to assess the Legionella exposure risk to tenants on your premises. This is why our legionella risk assessment for landlords is vital.

To make sure you are fully compliant with current legislation, Bison Assist are here to help with a comprehensive Legionella risk assessment for landlords. Discover more about our service and ensure you are meeting your responsibilities as a landlord today. 

Fire Risk Consultancy.

What do you Stand to Gain?

You never think it could happen to your property, but in the UK, it happens about 20,000 times a year. We are, of course, talking about fires on commercial properties. Recovering from a fire on your property can take years due to both the financial and emotional impact. But these consequences can be considerably reduced through fire risk consultancy; risk assessments that will identify potential fire hazards and give you clear guidance on what you can do about it.

Fire risk assessment report

At Bison Assist we provide fire risk consultancy for companies of all sizes across the UK. Here’s what you stand to gain from our comprehensive fire risk assessments: 

Fire Risk – Know you’re on the right side of the law

UK legislation is often amended and updated. Rules change, and if you find yourself on the wrong side of compliance when a fire occurs on your property, claiming you were unaware of current legislation won’t get you very far. 

Legislation can be tricky to understand, with technical details, legal language and jargon getting in the way. At Bison Assist, we continually keep track of all the latest changes to UK legislation around fire safety. 

We’ve run through the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, the Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations 2002 and the Health and Safety (Safety, Signs, and Signals) Regulations 1996 with a fine-tooth comb. We will ensure that you are fully aware of what you need to do to stay compliant.

Fire risk consultancy Identifies your risks without delay or disturbance with

Wherever you’re based in the UK, our fully trained assessors can come to you and work unobtrusively to identify your fire safety risks, with minimal disturbance to the day-to-day running of your business. 

Get specialist advice and assistance

We’ve helped businesses across a wide range of industries bring their premises in line with current UK legislation around fire safety. We have the expertise to provide advice on the measures needed, all while keeping your business’ needs in mind. 

To enjoy peace of mind and bring your fire safety up to the task, contact Bison Assist for fire risk consultancy you can trust.

Legionella training courses with Bison Assist

Legionnaires’ disease or Legionella is a disease that is caused by exposure to the bacterium Legionella pneumophila which is found in man-made water systems. Symptoms are very similar to pneumonia and range from cough and fever to shortness of breath and headaches. People infected with Legionella will exhibit symptoms 2 to 10 days after exposure to the bacteria, but it can take longer.

Legionella bacteria can cause serious health problems if levels become high. Premises with still or running water should be carefully checked in order to ensure that the water system is regularly maintained and safe to use. Legionella training courses by Bison Assist aim to make the owners of these premises aware of the dangers of this infectious disease, by helping them understand their legal and social responsibilities. Our courses, which are developed by health and safety professionals, are fully online and can be completed at your own pace.

Who should attend these Legionella training courses?

If you are responsible for a premises – no matter how big or small it is and regardless of the number of people working or residing in it – then you are responsible for their health and safety. Our thorough Legionella training course provides details on how you can identify potential Legionella risks and respond appropriately via a controlled risk assessment.

How is the course structured?

Legionella training courses

At Bison Assist, we provide online courses which you can take in the comfort of your own home. Our courses are cost-effective, do not have deadlines, are available 24/7, and therefore they won’t disrupt your normal working hours. Through these courses you will learn what Legionella is and how it can be transmitted, who is most at risk as well as treatments available. More importantly, you will learn about the legal responsibilities you have as well as what a risk assessment is and how to control your water systems to avoid stagnation.

Want to learn more about monitoring and reviewing Legionella control measures? Contact us today.