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James Homard
Legionella risk in showers
A recent pilot study carried out at a large teaching hospital which examined the level of various bacteria in showers highlights a number of important hygiene considerations. The study recognises that showers are a necessity in many healthcare settings, both for patients and staff, yet they “present a foreseeable risk of nosocomial waterborne infection from the inhalation...
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Legionella control supplier
Some landlords and letting agents manage their own Legionella control programme as they are sufficiently experienced and knowledgeable to handle risk assessments and maintenance programmes. However, many prefer to bring in a professional firm due to lack of time or expertise, but it’s not always easy to decide on who to appoint, so here is...
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Legionella compliance in schools
In common with any other business or employer, schools have a legal duty to control the risk of Legionella on their premises. However, there are a number of complicating factors involved in Legionella compliance in schools so here we set out some of the issues to be aware of and offer some practical advice on meeting...
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east kent nhs
The last twelve months have seen Urban Environments being appointed to a number of procurement frameworks for water hygiene and compliance software provision. Among large organisations in both the public and private sectors, there’s an increasing trend for procurement to be carried out centrally. We’re delighted to have been chosen for a coveted place on...
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audit checklist
As if December wasn’t busy enough, here at Urban Environments we have our annual Legionella Control Association (LCA) audit and yearly British Standards Institute (BSI) ISO9001:2015 inspection this month too. In both cases we were put through our paces by stringent auditors, to make sure that our services and management processes are up to scratch,...
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There are a number of reasons why summer can be a hotspot for Legionella but, as with any risk, it’s all about how you manage it. This can be a challenge in itself though, as staff holidays may leave your maintenance and monitoring team under-resourced at a crucial time of year. A cursory glance at...
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Over 40 years ago the first known outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease occurred at a hotel in Philadelphia. With more than 130 people infected and almost 40 patients dying as a result, it made headlines around the world and ultimately led to the closure of the hotel. The American Legion was holding a three-day convention at the hotel, with...
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st julians
2017 has been a year of growth for Urban Environments, with the expansion of our client base, the launch of our innovative compliance audit app, CAT-SI, and a move to bigger offices. As well as winning a place on several procurement frameworks, we’ve also added a clutch of property agents to our client base, such...
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The management of water temperature within healthcare facilities presents a considerable challenge for Legionella control. There is an inherent tension between the need to protect vulnerable people from a dangerous bacteria (by heating water to high temperatures) and the requirement to supply water at a level which won’t pose a danger of scalding. The accepted...
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A guest falling ill during or as a result of a stay in your hotel is one of the worst nightmares for hotel owners and staff, and the death of a guest is even more serious. Sadly that is the situation at The Feathers in Ludlow, where two people were infected with Legionnaires’ disease after staying...
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