LTM Midlands Ltd

Legionella Testing & Monitoring

Legionella Testing & Monitoring

Who are we?

LTM Midlands with our team of qualified, experienced and professional technicians, offer a fully compliant and virtually paperless, national risk assessment and certification service, all at very competitive prices.

We have software that is the envy of the industry to keep the perceived additional work load or costs to an absolute minimum.

We work with national as well as local agents to deliver risk assessment programmes, so that they, as well as their landlords are fully compliant.

history of Legionnaires' disease
Sub-committee hearing on Legionnaires' Disease in Philadelphia on November 23, 1976. See this video about Legionnaires' Disease Mystery

Brief history of Legionnaires' disease and the law

Since the outbreak and identification of Legionnaires' disease in 1976, legislation has been in place in the commercial sector (cooling towers, hospitals, hotels, office buildings etc.) to help control these very serious and deadly bacteria.

Following changes to the legislation in 2001, whereby the original commercial 300 litre water storage limit was removed, it has now captured all domestic properties with hot and cold water systems, in the private rented sector.

All landlords and managing/letting agents must now carry out a risk assessment on all of the properties under their management, to determine if legionella is present or not.

This legal requirement is just as serious as that for gas safety, both of which are now in force to ultimately protect the well being of all tenants, as well as visitors to the properties in which they live.

How long do risk assessments take to do and how often should they be done?

Most risk assessments should be completed within 30-40 mins. depending on the size of property and ease of access to all of the assets of the hot and cold water system.

As well as a full visual survey and assessment of the system, water temperatures are taken from every hot and cold sentinel and a sample of water is also taken as standard, from the sentinel that is considered to carry the greatest potential risk of harbouring the bacteria. (Please note - unlike gas, you cannot see, hear or smell legionella bacteria, so we consider it imperative to have a water sample taken and analysed at a UKAS accredited laboratory, to help rule out the presence of any bacteria)

The legislation requires all records be kept for five years and our system accommodates this. It states 'for precautions to remain effective, the condition and performance of the system will need to be monitored' (see section no. 65 on page 18 of the ACOP L8 using the button below). Reviews should be undertaken whenever there is a change to the system. Tenancy changes should also be considered especially where properties have been vacant in excess of 4 weeks.

ACOP L8 (pdf)

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Why agents choose to use LTM Midlands

  • Agent online management 24/7.
  • HTTPS Secure Portal - username and password protected.
  • Automated landlord and tenant notifications.
  • Manage and archive your testing certificates and risk assessments.
  • Assessments available as they are undertaken and uploaded.
  • Full support services including remediation for dangerous positive legionella findings.

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How LTM Midlands can help agents and landlords to be compliant

We understand this legislation may be considered by you as just another unnecessary requirement with yet more costs on top of those you already face for managing your properties. However, we have invested a great deal of time and resources into providing what we hope will be considered, as a premier service, which we deliver every day at very competitive market prices.

The legislation is naturally very detailed and can be quite daunting for most people, that is why when agents and landlords alike, ask us to carry out their risk assessments, they do so in the full and comforting knowledge that we will ensure they are fully compliant.

This peace of mind will help to avoid the unpleasant chance of being found to be non compliant and therefore, potentially face heavy fines for every breach and also possible imprisonment.

Please refer to the link below to view the guidance from the HSE on what you must do.

Agents & Landlords - What you must do

What is legionella?

What is legionella?

Legionella bacteria exist naturally in all water such as rivers and lakes and are of most threat in artificial water systems where an aerosol can be produced.

It can cause a fatal form of pneumonia by the inhalation of small droplets of contaminated water from any vapour. Legionnaires' disease cannot be contracted by ingestion.

Legionella can colonise to alarming levels in all man-made hot and cold water systems.

Legionella is temperature sensitive and conditions suitable for growth of bacteria in water is 20°C - 45°C.

Legionnaires' disease cannot be passed from person to person.

Who is at risk of potential infection?

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  • All adults and children are susceptible to infection.
  • Higher risks groups are people over 45 years old particularly men.
  • Adult smokers and heavy drinkers.
  • People with impaired immune systems.
  • People suffering from respiratory or kidney diseases.

Where can legionella be found in domestic properties?

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  • Taps
  • Showers
  • Toilet cisterns
  • Unused pipe work – (dead legs)
  • Hot and cold water tanks

It is active anywhere where scale, rust and other organic matter naturally builds up in the system including damaged pipe work and dead legs. Legionella can be found in any property whether it has a stored or combination boiler type water system.

Age or type of property makes no difference.