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15-Point Plan for Reducing the Risk from Legionella in Tourist Accommodation

Posted by Philip Lonsdale on Apr 2, 2019 11:45:31 AM

 With the Easter holidays approaching many people will be thinking of getting away for a few days. However, European statistics indicate that more than 1000 travellers contract the disease each year and according to the official statistics published by Public Health England, travel associated Legionnaires’ disease accounted for approximately 43% of all confirmed cases reported in England and Wales over the three year period from 2014 to 2016. 

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The importance of Legionella training for hotel workers

Posted by Philip Lonsdale on Jan 23, 2019 11:02:57 AM

Conventional wisdom has it that most cases of Legionnaires’ disease associated with water systems in the built-environment could have been prevented and therefore should not have occurred. The law underpins this by placing statutory obligations of duty holders, employers and others in control of premises that pose a Legionellosis risk to users. 

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Legionella Risk Assessments for Hospitality & Leisure – Part 2

Posted by Philip Lonsdale on Dec 20, 2018 8:45:00 AM

In Part 1, we covered some common problems you may face when commissioning Legionella risk assessments. We now take a look at what your risk assessment should include to comply with current guidance and regulations.

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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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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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Legionella Control for Housing

Posted by Philip Lonsdale on Sep 27, 2018 10:55:37 AM

Landlords have a legal responsibility to ensure the health and safety of their tenants by keeping property safe and free from health hazards.

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Approved Materials & Individuals Competency

Posted by Philip Lonsdale on Jul 19, 2018 10:45:56 AM

 In recent months there have been several news stories that have highlighted problems caused by the use of non-approved plumbing materials, failing to check the competency of those working on water systems and the consequences for those that do not comply with the legislation.

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Water Coolers in Healthcare Environments

Posted by Philip Lonsdale on Jul 12, 2018 9:49:27 AM

 

It’s been hot… extremely hot, some say a ‘heatwave’ although most would call this a ‘summer’! During these hot spells it is more important than ever to help keep people hydrated.

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CDC Report on Pool Water Outbreaks

Posted by Philip Lonsdale on Jun 12, 2018 11:02:46 AM

A recent report from the United States’ Centre of Communicable Disease (CDC) published in April 2018 highlighted the problem of cryptosporidium as the pathogen responsible for most outbreaks of infectious disease originating from treated recreational waters, including swimming pools, spa pools and water play-parks. 

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HSE Legionella Inspector highlights the need for “accurate knowledge of water systems”

Posted by Philip Lonsdale on May 10, 2018 8:59:18 AM

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 Legionella 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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