• 07813 035717
  • info@lraregister.com

    Latest News Articles

    http://lraregister.com/legionella-news/press-release-dec-14th-2016

    PRESS RELEASE

     

    Legionella Risk Assessment Register

     

    By Martin Baker

     

    December 14, 2016

     

    Research undertaken by The Legionella Risk Assessment Register has shown that professional letting agents who focus on both landlord and tenant care equally are now helping their landlords comply with HSE legislation on the requirement for a simple legionella risk assessment.

     

    Whilst many offer to undertake or arrange the assessment on behalf of landlords, there are a growing number who choose to inform their landlords that they can undertake the assessment themselves if they feel competent.

     

    However, the survey, undertaken during October and November 2016 also uncovered a small number of letting agents who are choosing to ignore the legislation and are not informing their landlords of the HSE requirement. This is not only putting the landlord at risk but could also be putting tenant’s health at risk in certain properties.

     

    Off 250 agents contacted 210 said they have made arrangements for the assessment, 24 said they were looking into the options available and 16 said they had not made any plans regarding the assessment.

     

    A spokesman for LRA Register said “Some letting agents are simply not acting in the best interest of their landlords. Our advice to anyone who lets through an agent would be to seek out an agent who acts in best interest of both the tenant and landlord. This way you end up with a happy tenant and a less stressful tenancy.

     

    At the Legionella Risk Assessment Register we can put landlords in touch with a local agency who will ensure the property water system is assessed as required.”

     

    The company are monitoring the market closely and will be conducting further research in 2017 in order to update their findings and also to check with tenants around the UK to assess the percentage of rental households which have not been provided with the required assessment.

     

    Our advice to all letting agents is to make provision for the legionella risk assessments in order to protect their tenants and landlords as well as to cover themselves in the event of an unfortunate case of a legionella case developing.

     

    The risk assessment process is relatively simple for a domestic rental property and there is no reason for letting agents not to inform their landlords of the legal requirement.

     

    Any tenant concerned about the quality of their water system is encouraged to contact the LRA register via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

     

    About the Legionella Risk Assessment Registers.

     

    The Legionella Risk Assessment Registers offer online training to letting agents and landlords to enable them to undertake Legionella Risk Assessments in domestic rental properties. The register also provides online software for producing compliant assessments.

     

     

     

    Contact: Martin Baker 07813 035717

    Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

     

    http://lraregister.com/legionella-news/how-your-shower-can-kill-you

    How your shower could kill you - the dangerous diseases, bacteria and hidden illnesses lurking in your bathroom.

     

     

    It's not just disgusting, it can be quite worrying too - because some of the dirt inside our shower spaces could bring fatal consequence.

     

    Jumping in the shower is meant to leave us feeling fresh, clean and invigorated.

     

    Many of us spend hours a week scrubbing, buffing and enjoying a hot shower to invigorate us in the morning or send us off to sleep at night.

     

    But startling new research reveals the spray that comes out of a unit could be more dangerous and dirtier than the water in our loo.

     

    Scientists at Manchester University studied the slime that builds up inside showers on behalf of shower disinfectant system Shower Klenz.

     

    Their research into bathroom scum found bacteria and fungi linked to a range of illnesses from Legionnaires' and Crohn’s disease to septicaemia and skin, hair, ear and eye complaints.

     

    And in some cases, these risky illnesses can kill.

     

    Dr Paul McDermott, a former Health and Safety Executive Inspector and an expert in Legionella risk control, has been monitoring the findings.

     

    He said: “Nobody wants to stand under a shower knowing the water coming out of it is dirty.

     

    "But water from an untreated shower could contain more bacteria than you’d find in your toilet.

     

    “The aerosols created when you’re stood under the spray can send any bacteria from the water system into your lungs, onto your body and, in certain circumstances, into the bloodstream too.”

     

    read the full article here

    http://lraregister.com/legionella-news/council-sentenced-after-legionella-death

     

    Council sentenced after legionella death at care home

    Date: 21 January 2016

    Reading Borough Council (RBC) has been fined following an investigation into the death of a pensioner who died from exposure to legionella.

    During the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecution, Reading Magistrates’ Court heard how Mr Lewis Payne, a 95-year-old vulnerable gentleman, arrived at RBC operated care facility, The Willows, on 24 September 2012.

    He had previously been in hospital having suffered a broken leg and was attending The Willows to receive intermediate care before returning to his own home.

    However, during his stay he began feeling unwell, complaining of aches and pains including tightness of the chest, shortness of breath and difficulty in breathing. He was also suffering from nausea.

    On 16 October 2012 he was re-admitted to hospital and a sample proved positive for the presence of Legionella. He underwent treatment for Legionnaire’s disease, but died on 1 November 2012 from pneumonia related to legionella.

    Read the full article at the HSE website.

     

    About The LRA Registers

    The LRA Registers are the central registers for the lodgement of Legionella Risk Assessments for domestic properties.

    Assessors/Landlords/Agents wishing to lodge assessments or list their service at this site should enquire about membership here.

    For landlord self assessments please visit www.lraregister.co.uk

    Latest News