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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Risks of not completing a Legionella Risk Assessment at the right time

Posted by Water Hygiene Centre on Oct 19, 2017 1:41:03 PM

It is a legal requirement to have a risk assessment for water systems where there is a duty of care. If there is no risk assessment in place, the right time is now!

Once a Legionella risk assessment is in place, the revised ACoP L8 (2013) tells us to review it “regularly” in case any changes have occurred, or there is a reason to suspect the risk assessment is no longer valid.

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Tips for the control of waterborne pathogens in healthcare organisations

Posted by Water Hygiene Centre on Oct 12, 2017 1:41:03 PM

Whilst ‘temperature’ is the accepted ‘traditional method of control’ for controlling waterborne bacteria such as Legionella within healthcare water distribution systems (ACoP L8, HSG274 Part 2 - paragraph 2.6 and HTM04-01 Part B - paragraph 4.7), there are now many methods which can be employed to suitably disinfect these systems (chemical, physical as well as thermal) thus mitigating the risk of; local or system-wide colonisation and associated infection and disease – when patients come into contact with waterborne pathogens.

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We are delighted to announce the appointment of Paul Limbrick, as Senior Consultant/Authorising Engineer (Water).

Posted by Water Hygiene Centre on Oct 5, 2017 2:44:32 PM

Managing Director, Daniel Pitcher said “The Water Hygiene Centre has just entered our eighth year of trading and as we continue to grow, our selection process ensures only those with appropriate skills, competency and importantly, real-time honoured experience are welcomed to the team. The arrival of Paul has taken several months to come to fruition and his arrival is certainly well worth waiting for. As a microbiologist with practical experience of water systems and waterborne pathogens Paul brings yet more depth of knowledge to the team”.

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Hotel Guest Dies After Contracting Legionnaires' Disease in Ludlow Hotel

Posted by Water Hygiene Centre on Sep 26, 2017 12:44:35 PM

The BBC has recently reported a story about a fatal Legionella outbreak at the Feathers Hotel in Ludlow. A 60-year-old hotel guest has died after contracting Legionnaires' disease and another fell ill following a stay at the same place, although she has since recovered from the diagnosis.

This story sadly demonstrates the potentially catastrophic consequences of a failure to properly manage the risk from Legionella bacteria.

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Consequences of Insufficient Legionella Training

Posted by Water Hygiene Centre on Sep 22, 2017 10:21:23 AM

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) consider Legionnaires disease to be a preventable disease and it’s therefore treated as such by the law. Moreover, health and safety law underpins the statutory obligations of; duty holders, employers or those in control of premises which pose a risk to occupiers with respect to acquiring Legionnaires’ disease. The Approved Code of Practice (ACoP) provides specific advice on the health and safety law which applies and the associated duties under the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and HSG274 (Parts 1,2 &3) provide prescriptive guidance notes on how to comply with these duties – stressing that compliance is the ‘minimum requirement’ and should the recommendations detailed in HSG274 not be followed then compliance will need to be demonstrated by other means – in order to satisfy the HSE that risk has been suitably mitigated.

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Risk Assessment: How Regularly is Regularly?

Posted by Water Hygiene Centre on Sep 14, 2017 1:22:35 PM

UK legislation places a duty on building owners and those in charge of premises to manage the risks to health and safety associated with water systems. 

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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.

Read our blog for advice on legionella bacteria control, water hygiene risk management and more.

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