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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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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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It has long been known that travel is a risk factor for Legionnaires’ disease. In 2015 (the most recent year for which statistics are available), 46% of cases reported in England and Wales were traced to travel abroad. However, for October 2017 there has been a considerable spike to cases linked to one particular popular...
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