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.

Hot Tub & Spa Pool Legionella Compliance

Spa-pool systems are a recognised source of legionnaires’ disease, primarily Legionella pneumpohila. There have been a number of outbreaks linked to spa pools in leisure centres, hotels, holiday homes, on cruise ships and on display. 

As such, if you maintain a spa pool or hot tub of any description you have a moral duty of care and in commercial organisations, a legal responsibility, to ensure these facilities comply with guidance set out by Health & Safety Executive (HSE).

If you require further assistance regarding a Legionella risk assessment or have questions relating to your responsibilities around spa-pools e.g. testing regimes etc call us now on 0808 1080 766, complete our simple call back form or Click here to email and one of our team will contact you to discuss your requirement and provide a quote.

Bournemouth health spa probed after Legionella outbreak

*A health spa is the “likely source” of an outbreak of Legionella infection which has left nine people in hospital, Public Health England (PHE) has said.

Fourteen people who attended Healax Salt Caves in Bournemouth in June have contracted either Legionnaire’s Disease or the less serious Pontiac fever.

A further 39 people who reported symptoms have not had infections confirmed by laboratory tests.

The nine worst-affected patients are now recovering at home.

To read the whole article click the link below:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-dorset-48892538

*Source BBC News

How Qube perform Legionella Risk Assessments

Our Legionella Risk Assessment Service.

  • Report on the condition of Hot and Cold Water system including cold water storage tanks, water systems, calorifiers and hot water cylinders.
  • Schematic drawing of water systems.
  • Schedule of water outlets and measured temperatures.
  • Legionella risk assessment carried out in accordance with ACoP L8 (Approved Code of Practice and Guidance L8)
  • Comprehensive recommendations, report with technical advice and assistance thereafter.
  • Water samples and analysis by UKAS Accredited laboratory where appropriate.
  • All our Assessors hold City & Guilds Qualifications.
  • Training and On-going Support.

Qube Environmental are ideally placed to can carry out Legionella risk assessments in water systems throughout the Midlands and North West from our offices in Staffordshire.

Am I Legionella Compliant?

Why not ask us about our Asbestos Survey & Legionella Risk Assessment Compliance Bundle.

Find out how much you could save when you instruct us to carry out our Asbestos Survey & Legionella Risk Assessment Compliance Bundle when compared to each service separately.

As we have a team of qualified and multi-skilled consultants we are able to offer clients a cost effective solution to their Asbestos & Legionella Compliance issues.

You will receive the same quality of services at the reduced cost subject to us being able to carry out both Asbestos Survey and Legionella Risk Assessment at the same time.

You will still receive the same high quality Asbestos Survey and Legionella Risk Assessment report and each report will be delivered separately in PDF format.

Call us on 0808 1080 766, complete our simple call back form or complete our easy contact us form and one of our team will contact you to discuss your Asbestos & Legionella Compliance requirements and provide a quote.

BUPA fined £3m folllowing death of elderly resident.

BUPA care homes fined £3m after the death of one of it residence. The HSE have reported on their investigation below.

A care provider has been fined following the death of a resident at an Essex nursing home after he contracted Legionnaires’ disease.

Kenneth Ibbetson, 86, died three months after moving into Hutton Village Nursing Home, which is operated by BUPA Care Homes (BNH) Ltd.

Ipswich Crown Court heard that Mr Ibbetson had moved into the care home in March 2015 when he was no longer able to cope at home. In June 2015 Mr Ibbetson contracted Legionnaires’ disease, a serious waterborne form of pneumonia, and later died in Basildon Hospital on 23 June 2015.

An investigation into Mr Ibbetson’s death was carried out by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

The investigation found that for more than a year, during which time major refurbishment works were carried out, BUPA Care Homes (BNH) Ltd failed to implement the necessary control and monitoring measures required to safely manage their hot and cold water system. It also found those responsible for overseeing legionella controls and for taking crucial water temperature measurements had not been trained to the required standard.

BUPA Care Homes (BNH) Ltd of Bridge House, Outwood Lane, Leeds, pleaded to breaching Section 3 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. The company has today been fined £3m and ordered to pay costs of £151,482.

Mr Ibbetson’s daughter Caroline Peters told the court: “Our father’s tragic and untimely death was a terrible shock to me and my two sisters. We had carefully selected Bupa Nursing Home at Hutton Village, expecting that a leading health care company could be trusted with our father’s health and safety. (His death) shouldn’t have happened.

“The evidence (of)…non-conformities and lack of managerial training was shocking and depressing and brought on feelings of utter despair for our family.”

Speaking after the hearing, HSE principal inspector Vicky Fletcher said: “It is heart-breaking to think Kenneth contracted Legionnaires’ a matter of weeks after moving into the Hutton Village Care Home. His family have been left devastated by his sudden death.

“Mr Ibbetson and other residents were exposed to the risk of contracting Legionnaires’ disease because adequate controls were not in place. The risk is more acute in care home settings because residents are more susceptible due to their underlying health conditions. We would expect those who have a duty of care to understand this and have the necessary controls in place to manage the risk.”

Need to book a Legionella Risk Assessment or Asbestos Survey?

Call us now on 0808 1080 766, complete our simple call back form or

Click here to email and one of our team will contact you to discuss your requirement and provide a quote

Based near Stafford in Staffordshire we are ideally placed to carry out an Asbestos Survey or Legionella Risk Assessment in Stoke on Trent, Birmingham, West Midlands, Cheshire, Manchester East Midlands and North West

Legionella Experts Qube Environmental Campaign for greater awareness of the risk relating to Legionnaires’ disease in care homes following BUPA £3m fine.

Qube Environmental Legionella Experts are pledging to provide a free seminar for Care Home Owners following the £3m fine given to BUPA after a resident Kenneth Ibbetson 86, died from contracting Legionnaires’ disease a matter of weeks after moving into the Ipswich care home.

Speaking after the hearing, HSE principal inspector Vicky Fletcher said: “It is heart-breaking to think Kenneth contracted Legionnaires’ a matter of weeks after moving into the Hutton Village Care Home. His family have been left devastated by his sudden death. Mr Ibbetson and other residents were exposed to the risk of contracting Legionnaires’ disease because adequate controls were not in place. We would expect those who have a duty of care to understand this and have the necessary controls in place to manage the risk.”
This fine comes only a few weeks after The Sentinel reported that locally Legionella bacteria had been discovered at a Stoke elder care village West End Village, Stoke, and the attached offices of Staffordshire Housing Association.
Judith Richardson Qube Director said that “All organisations have a legal duty to seek expert advice to ensure that they control the risks arising from Legionnaires’ disease. Care providers like residential and nursing care homes must be especially vigilant and robust in terms of the systems they have in place as residents are more susceptible due to possible underlying health conditions.”
The Qube are campaigning for greater awareness of the risks relating to Legionnaires’ disease and particularly in the care environment.

Judith Richardson Director said “we have ran similar free seminars for other industry groups and have found them to be very well received. By proposing to offer a free seminar for the local Care Home Community we hope that we can highlight the risk of Legionnaires’ disease and help prevent a similar death occurring in Staffordshire”

Each year there are numerous Legionella outbreaks and they can result in serious illness and death. “Whilst ensuring public health is always the highest priority when dealing with an outbreak, Legionnaires’ Disease is also major risk to any business.”
Latest Government data shows 448 cases of potentially fatal Legionnaires’ Disease in 2017.
To register an interest in attending a free seminar please contact judith@qube-uk.co.k or telephone 01782 791775.

CDC findings show thousands of pool related illnesses!

Something to think about before you go on holiday! Chron has written an article about the CDC’s latest findings.

Do you and your family jump into the pool right after you check into your hotel on summer vacation? If so, you better be careful.

A new study from the Centers from Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that between 2000 and 2014, more than 27,000 people got sick from being in “recreational water,” and eight of them died. The CDC defines recreational water as swimming pools, hot tubs and water parks.

The agency identified a total of almost 500 separate “outbreaks” of pool-related disease, with an outbreak defined as two or more people getting the same illness from the same source at about the same time.

“Hotels (i.e., hotels, motels, lodges, or inns) were the leading setting associated with 157 (32%) of the 493 outbreaks,” the report said. And the busiest months for outbreaks were June through August.

Of the 157 outbreaks that happened at hotels, the most significant identified cause – 43 percent — was a bug called Pseudomonas, which results in ailments known as “hot tub rash” and “swimmer’s ear.”  Thirty-one percent of the hotel outbreaks were attributed to Legionella, the cause of Legionnaires’ disease and Pontiac fever. Legionnaires’ disease — especially prevalent in hot tub and spa outbreaks — caused most of the deaths covered in the study. And 18 percent of the outbreaks came from Cryptosporidium, which causes gastrointestinal illness.

For the most part, these outbreaks shouldn’t happen if the hotel is doing its job in chlorinating the pool water.

“Chlorine is the primary barrier to the transmission of pathogens in treated recreational water,” the CDC said. “At CDC-recommended concentrations of at least 1 ppm, free available chlorine inactivates most pathogens within minutes, although extremely chlorine-tolerant Cryptosporidium can survive for more than 7 days. Cryptosporidium is transmitted when a diarrheal incident (i.e., a high-risk Cryptosporidium contamination event) occurs in the water and the contaminated water is ingested.”

Best advice: Don’t swallow pool water. And if your kids have diarrhoea, don’t let them in the water.

Need to book a Legionella Risk Assessment or Asbestos Survey?

Call us now on 0808 1080 766, complete our simple call back form or

Click here to email and one of our team will contact you to discuss your requirement and provide a quote

Based near Stafford in Staffordshire we are ideally placed to carry out an Asbestos Survey or Legionella Risk Assessment in Stoke on Trent, Birmingham, West Midlands, Cheshire, Manchester East Midlands and North West