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Creating a water safety culture
“We need to create a water safety culture,” said Christopher Boyd, general manager of the Building Water Health Program for NSF International when speaking at the Legionella Conference 2018 held in Baltimore recently. Throughout the event his words were echoed by many other speakers, who pointed to the need for a “universal, preventive-based approach, ranging...
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anti-Legionella measures
As regular readers will know, our blog is full of advice on how to assess and reduce the risk of Legionella in rental property. For the majority of landlords, a series of simple precautions will enable them to manage the risk adequately, but for some properties – particularly larger buildings with more complex plumbing arrangements...
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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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block of flats
In the aftermath of the terrible Grenfell Tower fire, there is much discussion about the design and refurbishment of buildings and the need for health and safety to be a top priority. It is likely that a lengthy programme of installing fire sprinklers in tower blocks will now ensue across the country to address the risk presented by...
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Myths about Legionnaires' disease and Legionella
There is a multitude of misinformation about Legionella, and Legionnaires’ disease myths, in circulation, so this month we’re on a mission to set the record straight with a few facts. Thanks to working in water hygiene management for over 20 years, we’ve just about heard all the Legionella legends out there, so allow us to...
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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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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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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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