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Legionella test certificate claim refuted

The Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE) has denied the claim that the provision of a Legionnaires’ test certificate is required under the revised L8 Approved Code of Practice.

It issued the advice after being made aware that some landlords are being asked by letting agents and consultants to provide the certificate for their properties.

The CIPHE advises that although it is true that landlords have a duty to ensure that the risk of Legionnaires’ disease to their tenants is properly assessed and controlled, the law does not require a Legionnaires test certificate to be issued.

“They can carry out the risk assessment themselves, so long as they are knowledgeable and can be considered competent,” says the statement.

It also advises that landlords visit the HSE website to download the guidelines, which are freely available.

CIPHE operations manager Danny Davis said: “Since the launch of our Safe Water campaign at the beginning of August, a number of worried landlords have been in touch about this matter.

“It appears that misinterpretation of the legal requirements have been placing an unnecessary financial burden on some landlords. We would like to raise awareness of this issue to prevent further misunderstandings.”

Further expert advice on L8 and many other aspects of the issue will be delivered at the 12th Annual Combating Legionella & Water Treatment conference, taking place on 29-30 September at Aston Villa Park in Birmingham.