News outlets are reporting a spate of Legionnaires’ disease cases that have appeared in Adelaide, Australia during the second week of January 2017. Four men have been diagnosed with the potentially-lethal disease, and all are now being treated in hospital. The youngest victim is said to be aged 37, while the oldest is 71.Read more: Outbreak of Legionnaires’ Disease Crops Up in Adelaide, Australia
In the UK health and safety laws advise that risk assessments are performed in certain situations. The Health & Safety Executive place great emphasis on the importance of assessing risks correctly and recommend that such assessments are done to help reduce the risks associated with a wide variety of situations, particularly in the workplace. Risk assessments can also be used to identify risks associated with Legionella bacteria and the likelihood of Legionnaire’s disease affecting one or more people… a Legionella risk assessment.Read more: Are Risk Assessments for Legionella Important?
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
When a part of your business could be a potential source for the growth of Legionella bacteria, it is your legal responsibility to ensure everything is assessed, controlled and monitored in the proper manner. If you fail to take the right precautions or if the bacteria is allowed to spread and one or more people contract Legionnaires’ disease as a result, you could well be found negligent in your management of the situation.Read more: Are You Competent Enough to Be a Responsible Person for Legionella?
An international engineering firm found itself in court last year for failing to properly manage risks associated with Legionella bacteria at two of their UK sites. According to a report on the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) website, the company had two sites, located in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire.Read more: Engineering Firm Fined for Failing to Manage Legionella Risks
Some bodies of water are better-known as potential sources of Legionalla bacteria than others. Consider hot tubs and cooling towers, for example. Yet while some locations are often highlighted in this way, others rarely hit the headlines, even though they are still potential problem areas.Read more: Can Emergency Eye Wash Stations Harbour Legionella Bacteria?
Legionella jobs... Legionella Control International are currently recruiting for a senior Legionella risk assessor to join our rapidly expanding risk management advisory team to cover London and south-east England.
We are world leading Legionella risk management experts providing independent and impartial advice relating to the risk assessment, control, management and prevention of Legionnaires' disease, Legionella and Pseudomonas risks.Read more: Legionella Jobs. Legionella Risk Assessor South East
When proper measures are taken to monitor and control Legionella bacteria, outbreaks of Legionnaires’ disease should not occur. However, 2015 saw 15 cases of the disease reported from various locations around the world. To date, five have been reported in 2016.Read more: Legionnaires’ Disease Outbreaks in 2015 - 2016
Manslaughter Charges to be Levelled Against DIY Warehouse After Three Die from Legionnaires’ Disease
A DIY warehouse at the centre of an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in 2012 is to be charged with manslaughter, it has been decided. A total of 21 people fell ill after visiting the warehouse, three of whom died. The warehouse, based in Stoke-on-Trent, had hot tubs on display that had not been properly cleaned or treated.Read more: Manslaughter Charges to be Levelled Against DIY Warehouse After Three Die from Legionnaires’ Disease
If you are responsible for monitoring, managing and controlling the presence of Legionella at your business or place of work, it is vital to make sure you have the right training, sufficient budget and compliance tools at your disposal. This will ensure the Legionella testing, monitoring and compliance tasks you must perform are as efficient and effective as possible.Read more: Legionella Testing, Monitoring and Compliance Tools
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