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
If you own or manage a building that has a water supply or water distribution system present, you must make sure you manage the potential threat from contamination by legionella bacteria and the chances of it multiplying within that system. In the UK health and safety law is clear on the need for building owners and operators to do this, however, there are a number of useful documents available to help. For example, the Health & Safety Executive publish their Approved Code of Practice ACOP L8 which is essential reading as it has a special legal status and outlines what you need to do. They also publish a number of health and safety guidance documents including HSG 274 (Parts 1, 2 & 3) which give useful advice to help you understand exactly what is required of you, and how to go about it.Read more: Are Larger Buildings Bigger Legionella Risks?
Legionella Control International are world leading legionella and water safety risk management experts providing independent and impartial advice covering the control, management and prevention of Legionnaires' disease, legionella, pseudomonas and other waterborne pathogens that contaminate man-made water systems.Read more: Water Safety & Legionella Control Services. How We Can Help
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?
Is the emergence of the bacterium stenotrophomonas maltophilia, a potentially harmful pathogen, beginning to cause concern in hospitals and other healthcare environments?
Find out what it is, why it's causing concern and more ...Read more: Stenotrophomonas Maltophilia in Hospitals & Healthcare Facilities
In the United Kingdom many business owners, Duty Holders and those appointed as the Responsible Person want to know how often they should review or update their legionella risk assessment, if at all.
Read on to learn more.Read more: When to Review a Legionella Risk Assessment?
In the UK the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) consider Legionellosis (Legionnaires’ disease) to be a preventable disease through the application of good water safety management practices. These water management practices are clearly set out in the HSE’s Approved Code of Practice ACOP L8 and their Health & Safety Guidance HSG 274 documents, both of which deal with the control of Legionella and Legionnaires’ disease in the workplace.Read more: Can You Prevent Legionella or Control the Risks?
Following a spate of significant outbreaks of Legionnaires’ disease across the USA health advocates there are now pushing for the implementation of tighter water safety regulations.
Health and safety regulations are put in place for good reason – to protect and preserve the health and wellbeing of people. This applies just as readily to minimising the risks associated with water contaminated with Legionella bacteria, and the potential for Legionnaires’ disease.
If you are a duty holder or the appointed responsible person dealing with the control of Legionnaires’ disease in the workplace, and in particular risk assessments for the control of Legionella bacteria, you need to be aware of the British Standard BS 8580. This document is an important code of practice titled ‘Water Quality – Risk Assessments for Legionella Control’ and deals with many of the quality issues that surround the implementation and delivery of legionella risk assessments.Read more: Guide to BS 8580 Risk Assessments for Legionella
Combating legionella and pseudomonas is a crucial part of managing, operating and maintaining any water system. Since hot and cold water systems are used extensively throughout hospitals, clinical surgeries and other healthcare facilities, it is a good idea to make use of all the help and information you can get if you have responsibility for dealing with the challenges such engineered water systems can present.Read more: HTM 04-01 Revised - Safe Water in Healthcare