As awareness of the benefits of good hygiene, and in particular hand hygiene has increased in hospitals and other healthcare environments we have seen a corresponding rise in the number of sinks available for staff, patients and visitors. This is because germs and bacteria can easily be transmitted from one person to another via their hands. Therefore, it makes good sense that additional sinks and wash facilities can help to keep people’s hands clean and so reduce the number of instances where this unwanted transmission can occur. Learn more...Read more: Can Hospital Sinks Harbour Dangerous Bacteria?
In this article we consider whether businesses and other organisations can insure themselves against the commercial consequences resulting from an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease. If you’ve never considered it then perhaps you should think again – especially when you look at the potential for loss of business, loss of reputation and personal injury compensation claims that could be levelled against you. Learn more...Read more: Can You Insure Against Legionnaires Disease?
If you own or manage a building in the UK that has a water system of any kind, under current health and safety law you will need to identify the potential risks the system can cause from contamination by legionella bacteria and the potential for Legionnaires’ disease. Learn more...Read more: Why Legionella Flushing of Taps and Showers is Important in Managing Legionnaires
Many people go swimming each week to help them stay fit and healthy or simply enjoy a relaxing dip in a spa or Jaccuzzi to unwind. However, while the pool or spa water may look nice and clean, with the smell of chlorine clearly in the air, there could well be nasty bugs lurking that are harmful to your health. Learn more...Read more: What Diseases can you get from Swimming Pools and Spas?
Several notable outbreaks of Legionnaires’ disease occurred throughout 2017. Portugal, USA (New York and California), UAE and Spain were among the areas affected. The incident in Dubai, UAE was by far the most serious of these outbreaks. Learn more...Read more: Legionnaires Disease Outbreaks 2017
Many residential landlords have one or more domestic properties they rent out to tenants. As a landlord, it is important to know what your responsibilities are to keep your tenants safe, and to provide a safe property for them to live in. Learn more...Read more: Landlords Are You Overestimating Your Legionella Responsibilities?
Many safety regulations in all areas of society come into force because of events that show a lack of control and lead to an increased danger to public health. A case in point is the South Bronx, USA outbreak of legionellosis in 2015 – an outbreak that was found to have been caused by a cooling tower. These towers were not subjected to regulation prior to the outbreak, but in July 2016, the New York State Department of Health announced that new regulations covering the management of cooling towers would now be in effect to control legionella bacteria and risks from Legionnaires’ disease. Learn more...Read more: New York State Enforce Cooling Tower Regulations to Control Legionella
How can a legionella risk assessment checklist help landlords manage the safety of their water systems? In the UK, landlords, business owners, property and facilities managers… in fact anyone with responsibility for checking and maintaining the safety of water systems, whether it’s a domestic hot and cold system, cooling system or some other type, must ensure they deal with the risks that can be caused by the presence of legionella bacteria. Sometimes you need only perform a legionella risk assessment, which may indicate little else is required to maintain a safe system. Learn more...Read more: Should Landlords Use Legionella Checklists When Assessing Water System Risk?
Some businesses use a specialist water treatment company experienced in maintaining, checking, and treating engineered water systems that are at risk of exposing people to legionella bacteria and Legionnaires’ disease. If you are considering hiring such a treatment company, there are several questions you should consider first. We’ve detailed the most important ones here. Learn more...Read more: Hiring a Water Treatment Company to Control Legionella? What Questions to Ask
Legionella Control International is pleased to announce the latest line-up of Legionella training courses for 2018 to be held across the UK and Ireland. The courses cover Legionella Awareness, Regulatory Compliance & Control, the Role of the Responsible Person, Practical Compliance Tasks, Pseudomonas in Healthcare and Legionella Refresher training.Read more: Legionella Training Courses 2018