Microbiology Made Easy, Part 1 - TVCs

Posted by Philip Lonsdale on Jan 19, 2018 12:19:22 PM

This week’s blog is part 1 of 2, where Water Hygiene Centre looks at TVC’s and explains what they are, including organisms and method of analysis.

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Jargon Buster – A glossary of terms explained…

Posted by Paul Limbrick on Jan 11, 2018 12:13:41 PM

Jargon buster – phrases and acronyms such as ‘WSP’, ‘Written Scheme’, RP & AP and Water Safety Group, what do they all mean?

In this blog, we explain some of the more popular phrases and acronyms being used. To make this more fun, and to help test your knowledge, we’ve created a crossword containing terms used in this, and previous blogs, along with general industry terms.

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What is an Authorising Engineer?

Posted by Philip Lonsdale on Jan 4, 2018 2:17:07 PM

The title “Authorising Engineer” is not new. It has been used for some time in industry and in the Ministry of Defence where high risk activities require a competent person to oversee and provide assurance in respect to the competency of operatives and the adequate implementation of rules and procedures. This need is defined in the MoD and Defence Safety Authority’s guidance Management of health and safety in defence: high risk activities on the defence estate (JSP 375 part 2, volume 3)

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Cooling towers high inherent risk

Posted by Paul Limbrick on Dec 8, 2017 1:03:27 PM
Disneyland Anaheim JAE C, HONG AP

In recent weeks various cases of Legionnaires' Disease have been reported in California, possibly linked to Disney. Cases like this serve as a reminder of the issues with Cooling Towers and how crucial it is to manage the risks they bring, in this blog we consider what some of these issues are and touch base on the management approaches available.

 

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Biofilms – Part 2 - How to tackle Biofilm

Posted by Water Hygiene Centre on Nov 30, 2017 11:15:38 AM

In last week’s part 1 we looked in to ‘What is a Biofilm’, this week the final part discusses how to tackle Biofilm.

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Biofilms – Part 1 – What is Biofilm?

Posted by Water Hygiene Centre on Nov 23, 2017 9:34:46 AM

Biofilm is sometimes called the “City of Microbes”; which makes it all sound very mysterious. This week’s blog is part 1 of 2, where Water Hygiene Centre asks “What is a Biofilm?”

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Legionellosis Risk Assessment League Table – Where Do You Stand?

Posted by Water Hygiene Centre on Nov 16, 2017 9:01:15 AM

One question our consultants are continuously asked by clients is “How are we compared to other organisations?”

Over the past four years, the Water Hygiene Centre has carried out thousands of Legionellosis Risk Assessments for a multitude of organisations and properties using our UKAS Accredited method and reports. One of the unique features of our UKAS Accredited method is the ability to produce risk scores for those properties and organisations that have had a risk assessment. Each risk assessment report generated compares properties within an organisation, but also compares risk scores against all other similar organisations that has been assessed by the Water Hygiene Centre.

 

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Public Health England - Legionnaires' Disease surveillance report – monthly highlight (September 2017)

Posted by Water Hygiene Centre on Nov 9, 2017 9:20:30 AM

According to the most recent surveillance data (accurate as of the 14th October 2017) reported by Public Health England – detailing the number of Legionnaires’ Disease cases reported and confirmed to date, a total of 77 cases were reported in the month of September 2017, which means that 522 cases of Legionnaires’ Disease have been reported in total since January 2017.  Therefore 26 more cases have already been reported compared the whole of 2016 (496 cases reported between 1st January 2016 and 31st December 2016).

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Tools to improve water hygiene in your hospital

Posted by Water Hygiene Centre on Nov 2, 2017 8:43:48 AM

Estates and Facilities teams continue to strive for compliant water systems. Whilst the relatively simplistic tasks we have undertaken for many years, broadly temperature monitoring and condition inspection, remain vital to our knowledge of water safety risks, this approach cannot alone be fully effective and must also be complemented with more holistic and dynamic measures.

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7 Deadly Sins of Water Risk Assessments

Posted by Water Hygiene Centre on Oct 26, 2017 1:48:40 PM

Health and safety regulations and guidance require all risks from exposure to Legionella bacteria to be identified and evaluated.

Here, we discuss how these “Risk Assessments” can be undertaken and managed incorrectly, in the form of the 7 deadly sins.

 

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The Water Hygiene Centre was established in 2009 to address the lack of independent consultancy within the industry. Since then we have established ourselves as a market leader and have steadily grown, helping clients identify and minimise the risk of waterborne contamination and disease, whilst improving compliance performance.

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