Phigenics launches value-added reseller program for patented testing technology (USA)

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NAPERVILLE— A new technology by Phigenics is eliminating testing inaccuracies. The water services company is expanding access to its patented Legionella testing technology to the global water treatment industry. Qualified water treatment providers, consultants, equipment suppliers and laboratories are invited to participate as members of a value-added reseller program. “Serious problems can occur when Legionella test Read more…


Shock as firms not obliged to report legionella finds

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There were growing calls today for an urgent review of health and safety policy after it was revealed that firms are not obliged to report discovering the legionella bacteria. The revelation came during a Health and Sport Committee meeting at Holyrood investigating the way authorities responded to Edinburgh’s legionnaires’ outbreak, which has so far claimed Read more…


‘Firms may struggle to stop further outbreaks of Legionnaires’ disease’

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Firms could face “problems” complying with official guidance aimed at preventing outbreaks of Legionnaires’ disease, safety chiefs warned yesterday. A review of outbreaks over the past decade will be discussed by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) tomorrow. It follows the recent cases in Edinburgh which have resulted in two deaths. Pam Waldron, HSE director Read more…


CHP investigates case of Legionnaires’ Disease

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The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health is today (June 26) investigating a case of Legionnaires’ Disease involving a 58-year-old man. The patient, with underlying illness, presented with cough, fever and sputum since June 18. Because of increasing shortness of breath, he sought medical consultation at the Accident and Emergency Department Read more…


Edinburgh Legionnaires’ outbreak: Cases rise to 95

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The number of people thought to have been affected by an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in Edinburgh has risen to 95. There are now 48 confirmed cases and 47 suspected cases, with three of the patients in intensive care. The first case was identified on 31 May and two people have died. It is thought Read more…


Alistair Darling demands legionnaires’ inspection overhaul

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Labour’s Alistair Darling today called for a rethink of the legionella inspection regime for cooling towers. His call came after it was revealed the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) had made only two visits in five years to check the sites at the centre of the investigation into the Edinburgh outbreak. The former Chancellor, who is Read more…


Legionella outbreak ‘avoidable’ claims Kelso chemical boss

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The boss of a Kelso firm which manufactures water treatment and environmental care products believes the legionella outbreak in Edinburgh, which has claimed two lives, could have been avoided. “Not a single cooling tower need be at risk of the Legionaire bacteria infestation ever again,” said Derek Cameron, founder and managing director of Scotmas in Read more…