Entries by Kate Hewitt

Advice for Dental Surgeries on Managing Waterbourne Pathogens During Covid 19

This guidance is aimed at independent primary care dental providers as well as those in primary care GP practices.  Particular attention should be given to the control of water borne pathogens in dental unit water lines and related equipment. During COVID-19 outbreak registered managers of dental practices should ensure that: • There is a documented Water Safety […]

Legionella Control during Covid-19 Outbreak

For all of us in the UK and around the world Coronavirus is greatly affecting all aspects of our lives, from our health, to our work, to our families and how we operate in our day to day lives. First and foremost, it is essential that everyone’s focus and efforts are actioned towards minimising spreading […]

How can a person contract Legionnaires’ disease?

Legionnaires’ disease can be contracted when contained water droplets enter a person’s lungs. People can be infected with Legionella while washing their hands, showering and bathing in a whirlpool. Legionella can be found in many different types of water systems. All employers, building owners and landlords have a duty of care and a legal obligation […]

What are the legal requirements for GP’s regarding Legionella control?

Health and safety law require GP practices to carry out a legionella risk assessment to identify where the risk of legionella could be in their premises.  Records of risk assessments and routine monitoring tasks should be retained for inspection if requested by Care Quality Commission (CQC) or Health and Safety Executive (HSE). Our Professional and […]

What is the purpose of an asbestos survey?

An asbestos survey is a survey undertaken within a building, property or structure, with the purpose of identifying asbestos containing materials. An asbestos surveyimportant to establish what asbestos materials are present, but it is important to get the right type of survey.

How did Legionnaires start?

Legionnaires‘ disease acquired its name in 1976 after an outbreak of pneumonia occurred among people attending the American Legion convention at the Bellevue-Stratford Hotel in Philadelphia. Later, the bacterium causing the illness was named Legionella pneumophila.

Legionella- who is at risk

Most people catch Legionnaires‘ disease by inhaling the bacteria from water or soil. Older adults, smokers and people with weakened immune systems are particularly susceptible to Legionnaires‘ disease.

Where legionella is usually found

The bacterium Legionella pneumophila and related bacteria are common in natural water sources such as rivers, lakes and reservoirs, but usually in low numbers. They may also be found in purpose-built water systems such as cooling towers, evaporative condensers, hot and cold water systems and spa pools.