Maintaining safe water systems within hospitals and other healthcare settings is vitally important. The Department of Health has released the Health Technical Memorandum (HTM 04-01) that provides essential updates to the earlier version of the document. Originally published in 2006, the updated HTM “safe water in healthcare premises” has been altered to provide a more streamlined source of information, advice, and support on water safety issues. Anyone with an interest in, or responsibility for, maintaining and managing water systems in hospitals or other healthcare settings should read the updated version as a matter of priority. Learn more...Read more: Key Changes to HTM 04-01 for Water Safety Management in Hospitals
New practical compliance focused Legionella training course launched – save money, take better control and ensure best practice. Learn where, when and how to take accurate hot and cold water temperatures; flush little used outlets, clean and disinfect showerheads, maintain TMVs, inspect water tanks and calorifiers, and carry-out other important Legionella compliance tasks. Learn more...Read more: Practical Legionella Training – How to Take Water Temperatures, Disinfect Shower Heads, TMVs & More
In this short article we review the requirement for, use and application of specialist ACOP L8 and HTM 04-01 compliant Legionella management software in hospitals and other healthcare environments. Learn more...Read more: HTM 04-01 Legionella Management Software for Hospitals & Healthcare
TMV stands for thermostatic mixing valve. These specialist valves are designed to ensure the flow of water from an outlet fitted with one cannot become too hot. With hundreds of thousands of burns and scalds occurring in the UK annually, both TMV2 and TMV3 valves have the potential to prevent many such cases from happening – particularly as a majority are caused by hot water scalding the skin. Learn more...Read more: Differences Between TMV2 & TMV3 Thermostatic Mixing Valves Explained
Some industries are more vulnerable to the potentially devastating effects caused by Legionnaires’ disease and legionella contaminated water than many others. Care homes, and in fact the wider healthcare industry is one of these, and yet there have been recent cases whereby care homes have been identified as failing to meet their duties and requirements in this important area of health and safety compliance. Learn more...Read more: Care Homes, Legionnaires Disease & UK Law
UK citizens have recently been asking if it’s safe to visit Dubai following a number of cases of Legionnaires’ disease there. By early April this year, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) had received information pertaining to 50 cases of Legionnaires’ disease connected with people who had recently travelled to Dubai. Almost 50% of these cases (24 of them) were reported to have affected citizens from the UK. Learn more...Read more: Legionnaires Disease in Dubai - Is it Safe to Visit?
Some industries and businesses are at greater risk from Legionnaires’ disease and legionella contamination than others. For some, there may be little or no risk at all, and in this case, nothing beyond a straight-forward legionella risk assessment and simple control scheme will be required. However, we cannot include hotels, spas, and similar businesses in that category. Indeed, the travel and hospitality sectors are among those at greatest risk from Legionnaires’ disease and legionella contamination. Find out why...Read more: Legionnaires Disease in Hotels & Hospitality. Controlling Legionella Contamination
In this short article we take a look at the bacterium called pseudomonas aeruginosa and consider the question, why is pseudomonas dangerous?
We are all surrounded by bacteria every day of our lives. While we can resist much of it, fighting it off with our body’s in-built natural defences, this is not always the case. Bacteria are also constantly changing and adapting to their environments. Moreover, some forms of bacteria pose a greater danger than others. Pseudomonas should be included in this group.Read more: Why is Pseudomonas Dangerous? Expert Advice from Legionella Control International
The use of spa pools and hot tubs is growing rapidly as their popularity increases both in commercial and domestic environments. However, it's important to remember that poorly managed spas can create significant risks to the health and safety of those people using and operating them.Read more: HSG 282 Control of Legionella in Spa Pools & Hot Tubs
Legionella Control International is pleased to announce the latest line-up of Legionella training courses for 2017 to be held across the UK and Ireland. The courses cover Legionella Awareness, Regulatory Compliance & Control, the Role of the Responsible Person and Legionella Refresher training.Read more: Legionella Training Courses 2017
In cases where an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease has occurred, it is very often traced back to a facility or location where insufficient work has been done to manage the risks posed by Legionella bacteria. In the UK every business must be sure the risks are identified and managed in accordance with legislation which includes the Health & Safety Executives ACOP L8. As such, there should be an appointed duty holder and responsible person who is responsible for assessing, identifying and managing the risks associated with Legionella bacteria and Legionnaires’ disease in the workplace.Read more: City & Guilds Online Legionella Training Courses