Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust was recently fined a hefty £300,000 and ordered to pay an additional £37,451.78 in costs after pleading guilty to a breach of Health and Safety Law. An HSE Inspector speaking after the hearing said “RUH had measures in place to prevent and control the risk to its patients from exposure to legionella from its water systems, but these were ineffective due to the Trust not having accurate knowledge of the layout of those water systems.”
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In this blog we discuss the ‘Legionella risk assessment’ and whether it is suitable to comply with regulations.
In the blog this week we suggest five ways that Estates Managers should be prepared for managing water safely…
What is a little used outlet?
Any outlet that is used infrequently or that may be subject to intermittent use is classed as a little used outlet. The definition of “infrequent use” may vary between applications and will depend not only on frequency and duration of use, but also other risk factors, such as water temperature and the vulnerability of the population.
It is all well and good commissioning an external service provider to complete your risk assessments, but have you ever considered those persons, the ‘risk assessors’, who will be looking at your properties and water systems?
The objective of this blog is help those with responsibility to commission risk assessments to think not just about ‘getting the risk assessments in place’ but to consider the ability of the risk assessor.
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Recent news articles such as this one in the Guardian newspaper have highlighted an initiative driven by industry body Water UK and campaigners Refill to make free drinking water refill stations widely available to the public in order to reduce plastic waste:
If you're a building owner or premises manager, according to UK legislation you're responsible for managing risks within your buildings - including water systems.
HSE have removed the two year frequency for risk assessments, they now suggest a set of criteria against which risk assessments can be reviewed.
MacFarlan Smith's plant on Wheatfield Road | Image credit: ©kim traynor (cc-by-sa/2.0)
This blog outlines what occurred and what is happening now. A useful reminder on how important it is to have suitable and sufficient water management risk systems in place.
As recap on the first and second parts of this blog series on sampling, we’ve already covered; sampling strategy, taking a water sample and the chain of custody. In this final blog of the series, we will now outline some of the ‘mysteries’ of what actually happens once a sample is received by the test laboratory…
Last week we looked at the planning process required before any samples are taken. This week we get down to the ‘nuts and bolts’ of bottle filling…