Landlords and managing agents are obliged to assess and reduce the potential risk of the Legionella disease in properties in their control under the Health and Safety at Work Act (1974)
Additionally the following pieces of legislation further clarify the requirements of ‘the duty holder’:
Health & Safety at Work Act 1974; Requirement to minimise risks.
The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH); Requirement to conduct risk assessments.
Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1992; Requirement to appoint ‘competent’ persons to carry out the obligated assignments.
The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrence Regulations 2013 (RIDDOR) Safety Representatives and Safety Committees Regulations 1977, Health and Safety Regulations (Consultation with Employees) 1996; Requirements to make staff and others aware of dangers.
The Approved Code of Practise for Legionnaires Disease (2013) was published by the Health & Safety Executive to guide landlords and their managing agents of their obligations. The approved code of practise places a requirement on the ‘duty holder’ to: