Legionella bacteria exists naturally in many water sources. However, numbers are small in nature, and the biggest danger to humans tends to come from hot and cold water systems, cooling towers and other water systems that are inadequately maintained or managed. Controlling legionella bacteria in hot and cold water, cooling towers and other water systems is essential if you are to ensure the safety of people in and around your workplace is protected. Learn more...Read more: Controlling Legionella in Hot & Cold Water Systems
This is part one of a two-part article written to guide legionella duty holders (usually employers or people in control of premises) of their responsibilities in assessing and managing the risks connected with the presence of legionella bacteria in man-made water systems. The bacteria can cause several illnesses in humans, and these are all referred to collectively as legionellosis. Legionnaires’ disease is probably the most familiar (and most serious) of these to people, but other examples such as Pontiac fever also exist. Learn more...Read more: Legionella Duty Holder Responsibilities & Training Needs
Managing legionella in water systems and the risks posed by Legionnaires’ disease is a vital consideration when conducting water safety risk assessments in any environment. Fortunately, the UK’s Health and Safety Executive (HSE) provides ample information and supportive advice concerning this type of risk management. But we can also learn something from the USA’s ASHRAE 188-2015 – a voluntary standard that aims to help prevent the growth and spread of the legionella bacteria by setting minimum legionellosis risk management requirements for building water systems. Learn more...Read more: Managing Legionella in Water Systems - ASHRAE 188-2015
In the first part of this article, we examined the need to manage the risks associated with hot water and hot surfaces. We highlighted the fact that some people are at greater risk than others to the dangers such high temperatures can pose. We also explored the need to manage the legionella risk that can come from water systems and how water temperature is often used as a control mechanism.ctively. Learn more...Read more: Hot Water & Hot Surfaces: Identifying Scalding & Burning Risks
As the risks associated with legionella continues to rise around the world, experts Legionella Control have launched a new course that could help companies save money and maintain compliance. Using their in-depth insight, the company is offering ten practical training modules covering water safety monitoring and maintenance for water systems that firms will be able to sign existing members of staff up for. Learn more...Read more: Launch of New Training Course from Legionella Experts Brings Essential Skills In-House
A 95-year-old man staying at The Willows, a care facility run by Reading Borough Council, died in 2012 after contracting Legionnaires’ disease. He was staying at The Willows for a short period while recovering from a broken leg, and was set to return home. However, he fell ill while staying there, and later died in hospital after testing positive for the legionella bacteria present in his system. Learn more...Read more: Legionnaires Disease Death Led to Sentence for Reading Council
The overwhelming majority of hotels will never experience an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease. However, the only true way for hotel managers and their staff to prevent such an outbreak is by understanding how it may happen, what the disease is, and how legionella bacteria can be prevented from spreading in a hospitality environment. Learn more...Read more: Hotel Managers Guide to Controlling Legionella in Hotels – 14 Point Checklist
This short guide has been written for people managing hot and cold water systems in buildings and other facilities and gives a brief overview of where, when and how to check water temperatures and perform other routine tasks associated with the control of legionella bacteria and Legionnaires’ disease. Learn more...Read more: How to Check Water Temperatures - Legionella Control in Hot & Cold Water
This short guide has been written for residential landlords and gives a brief overview of their responsibilities under health and safety law in connection with the control of legionella and Legionnaires’ disease in their properties? Learn more...Read more: Legionnaires Disease Guide for Landlords - Are Your Legionella Risks Covered?
Are you wondering if you are required by law to test your hot and cold water systems for legionella bacteria? Maybe you already know that your business doesn’t legally require it unless there is a specific need for water testing. In that case, how can you tell if a need exists and what should you do? Learn more...Read more: When Should Water Be Tested For Legionella? Legionella Testing Explained
In this article (part 1 of 2) we consider the management of burning and scalding injuries from both hot water and hot surfaces. We’ll look at how hot is too hot, who is at risk and what we can do to manage these risks more effectively. Learn more...Read more: Managing Burning & Scalding Risks from Hot Water & Hot Surfaces
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
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