Legionella Risk Assessments for Hospitality & Leisure – Part 1

Posted by Philip Lonsdale on Dec 12, 2018 12:14:59 PM

If you are the hotel manager, maintenance manager or property owner you have a legal responsibility and accountability to ensure that occupiers of your premises are suitably protected from water safety risk. You may have appointed, or been appointed as, the Responsible Person. This essential blog is aimed at helping you understand a little more of how a risk assessment can help you and what it must include.

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Are Sentinel Points Driving You Loopy?

Posted by Charlie Brain on Dec 5, 2018 10:13:44 AM

2014 saw the publication of ‘HSG274 - Part 2’  by the HSE, which introduced a slightly different way of monitoring hot water systems.

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The Control of Legionella in Care Homes

Posted by Philip Lonsdale on Nov 27, 2018 2:15:58 PM

The term ‘care home’ may be used to describe a wide range of properties of varying size and complexity catering for people with a wide range of needs. Whilst care providers tend to specialise in a particular group or type of residents, the common factor is that these establishments provide residential accommodation in an environment that caters specifically for those who are less able to live independently and care for themselves. These include homes for the elderly, physically disabled, children with special needs and those with mental health needs. Nursing homes are a special type of care home with the ability to provide more advanced levels of medical care.

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Download the FREE case study:  An engineering risk assessment minimises the risk of Pseudomonas aeruginosa contamination and saves lives.

Posted by Water Hygiene Centre on Nov 20, 2018 9:13:48 AM

Case Study: An engineering risk assessment minimises the risk of Pseudomonas aeruginosa contamination and saves lives. 

Pseudomonas aeruginosa is an infectious bacteria that can cause chronic disease in humans, plants and animals. In 2013 there was an outbreak in Belfast which lead to the deaths of three new-born babies, an unfortunate event which has given rise to major concerns in hospitals. After tests returned positive counts of the bacteria in the water at King's Mill hospital, it was time to take action. 

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Guide to Records & Record Keeping for Water Safety

Posted by Paul Limbrick on Nov 13, 2018 11:11:24 AM

In this blog we are going to consider records for water safety. When we say ‘records’ we don’t mean the round vinyl LP type (Handel’s ‘Water Music’, anyone?). No. We are focusing on records that form documented evidence to demonstrate compliance.

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Hidden Issues

Posted by Water Hygiene Centre on Nov 8, 2018 11:46:37 AM

Always nice to remove a panel to find a multitude of hidden issues. A legacy of questionable competence!

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Who can be appointed as an RP, DRP, AP or CP?

Posted by Paul Limbrick on Oct 31, 2018 12:26:14 PM

 In this blog we explore the various roles that exist within an organisations water safety team and who is the most appropriate person to fill each of these positions.

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Pseudomonas Sampling

Posted by Joseph Carlett on Oct 25, 2018 1:56:01 PM

The Department of Health guidance HTM04-01 requires healthcare organisations to have an established Water Safety Group [WSG] and a defined Water Safety Plan [WSP].  The WSP details how the organisation shall manage and minimise the risks to health from various aspects, ranging from clinical risks, microbial and chemical contamination, changes to the water system, resilience of the water supply etc.  One of the microbial risks associated with water is Pseudomonas aeruginosa. 

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Download the FREE Case Study: A new approach to assessing the need for completing legionella risk assessments.

Posted by Water Hygiene Centre on Oct 16, 2018 11:57:24 AM

Case Study: Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust (RCHT) improves the approach to assess the need for completing legionella risk assessments.

The two-year risk assessment review frequency, outlined by the HSE, was removed from guidance in 2013 which meant the process for reviewing legionella risk assessments needed to be re-established. 

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All about Legionella Risk Assessments

Posted by Daniel Pitcher on Oct 9, 2018 9:39:57 AM

 The objective of this article is to provide a more detailed overview of the importance of getting your legionella risk assessment right. There are a variety of types of risk assessment, it is important your risk assessment is carried out professionally and correctly in accordance with HSE guidance.

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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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