Legionella Risk Assessment – The new British Standard – does yours “comply”?

Posted by Charlie Brain on Mar 19, 2019 12:42:07 PM

In January 2019, BSI Standards Limited released the new, updated BS 8580-1:2019 Water Quality – Risk Assessments for Legionella Control – Code of Practice’. This blog is designed to help the duty holder, employer, responsible person or purchaser of risk assessments understand what the standard is and what features your risk assessment should include, it is neither a critique nor a summary of its content.

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Frequently asked questions around water hygiene and waterborne pathogens

Posted by Water Hygiene Centre on Mar 13, 2019 11:47:56 AM

We are pleased to announce that we have just added a new page to our website with the answers to the questions we get asked the most from our clients and during our training courses. This page
will help you understand, in more depth, how to better manage water hygiene and waterborne pathogens.

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Controlling the Chain of Infection

Posted by Paul Limbrick on Mar 6, 2019 7:20:00 AM

If we’re to control the ‘chain of infection’ we must first understand what it entails so that we can identify what is within our control.  In doing so, this may enable us to devise and implement an effective ‘preventative management strategy’ in order to mitigate the risk of infection and subsequent disease.

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Spa Pools - Managing Waterborne Bacteria

Posted by Peter Gunn on Feb 27, 2019 9:25:20 AM

Spa pools, hot tubs, whirlpool baths and other similar spa-systems have found steadily increasing popularity over many years now in the UK and are now priced so that they are an achievable aspirational product for the home, having long been available in hotels, leisure centres etc.  So how can they be managed safely?

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Can you spot the issue?

Posted by Water Hygiene Centre on Feb 14, 2019 2:11:14 PM

There are some interesting occurrences in this picture.  The focus being the flow off a calorifier, but what is the grey pipe all about?  If you've an idea please use the comment box below to post your answers and we will get back to you shortly.

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Hotel Guest Died After Contracting Legionnaires' Disease in Ludlow Hotel - Update!

Posted by Water Hygiene Centre on Feb 6, 2019 2:20:00 PM

Back in 2018 ITV reported on the closure of the  Grade II listed Ramada Hall Hotel after Legionella bacteria was found in water samples.

Another article was published in 2017 by the BBC about a fatal Legionella outbreak at the Feathers Hotel* in Ludlow where a 60-year-old hotel guest had died after contracting Legionnaires' disease. Legionella was found again at the same hotel in 2018.

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The Water Hygiene Centre turns 10!

Posted by Sarah Morley on Feb 1, 2019 8:00:00 AM

The 9th February 2019 marks 10 years of operations for the Water Hygiene Centre!  

Having reached this significant milestone, we’d like to say ‘Thank You’ to our clients for their belief and continued commitment in the team here at the Water Hygiene Centre.

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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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I have a Pseudomonas aeruginosa count – what next?

Posted by Paul Limbrick on Jan 16, 2019 2:03:20 PM

To understand the actions that should be taken when a positive Pseudomonas aeruginosa [P. aeruginosa] test results is received, it is prudent to first understand more about this opportunistic pathogen and the associated guidance. This knowledge will help to shape the actions…

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Download the FREE case study:  Training Needs - The Success That Comes With Getting It Right

Posted by Daniel Pitcher on Jan 9, 2019 10:00:58 AM

Case Study:  Training Needs - The Success That Comes With Getting It Right! 

When it comes to water risk management, it is vital to ensure those appointed to monitor and assess the safety are sufficiently trained and can effectively identify hazards such as Pseudomonas aeruginosa contamination. With professional and expert training comes success in maintaining the water safety in your organisation, as we have seen in Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. 

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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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