Scotland’s NHS recently announced that they are to remove all water coolers in hospitals as they attempt to minimise the risk of infection. In the middle of August this year, staff in Glasgow hospitals were told to stop using the bottled water coolers and switch to drinking tap water instead.
This expert guide looks at the role of the legionella Responsible Person, training and the question of staff competence. It considers who is suitable to take on the role and what it involves, what they need to know; and why legionella training, skills and competence are vital to the successful implementation of this important water safety role.
Recent research looking at the growth of Legionella bacteria on stainless steel sinks and taps has shown that under certain conditions, the use of this popular metal can increase the health risks associated with the potentially life-threatening Legionnaires’ disease.
Have you ever wondered if you are more at risk of contracting Legionnaires’ disease when travelling abroad? Our experts consider this question and review recent statistics from the UK’s Health Protection Agency.