Chronic condition guides for employers and employees published

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As part of the Public Health Responsibility Deal, the Department of Health [email protected] network has published practical guides on chronic conditions for both employers and employees. The guides are designed to help organisations better help and support their employees who are suffering with long-term health conditions. The guides focus on the management of chronic conditions Read more…


Legionella at IBM Warwick keeps staff off work

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Staff at computer giant IBM have remained at home after traces of legionella were discovered last week. Workers went home on Thursday after traces of the bacterium, which can lead to Legionnaires’ disease, were found at IBM’s Opus 40 site in Warwick. The decontamination process began on Friday when tests took place and the results Read more…


Legionella bacteria detected in train toilet systems

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Traces of legionella bacteria have been found in the toilet water tanks of two Scottish trains. ScotRail confirmed it had detected the bacteria – linked to the deadly form of pneumonia Legionnaires’ disease – after an inspection of 15 tanks. Train operators across the UK analysed 150 systems for the bug, with one in three Read more…


Dust and shed skin cells reduce indoor air pollution

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Your shed skin cells might contribute to dust, dandruff and fits of sneezing, but the dead cells are actually useful for something. A study has revealed that shed skin helps clean up indoor ozone levels. Ozone shields the Earth from radiation, but it can also be harmful to humans when its closer to the surface. Read more…


Legionnaires’ scare hotel reopening health club where 134 guests & staff fell ill

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The leisure centre at a Dundee hotel where a guest contracted potentially deadly Legionnaires’ disease has been given the all-clear by environmental health officials. So far 134 staff and guests at the Landmark Hotel’s facilities reported feeling unwell after Legionella bacteria was found there. One man was admitted to Ninewells Hospital with Legionnaire’s Disease while Read more…


Risk assessment is too complicated for me to do!

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Carrying out a risk assessment should be straight forward. It’s about focusing on real risks and hazards that cause real harm and, more importantly, taking action to control them. Read More (Source): Myths of 2010 To make any purchases and for further information on these or any other services call: Vectair Environmental Ltd on 0118 981 Read more…


Legionnaires’ disease case confirmed in Dundee

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A man is being treated in hospital for Legionnaires’ disease after using a hotel’s leisure club in Dundee. NHS Tayside confirmed the case after launching an investigation along with environmental health officers at the Landmark Dundee. The inquiry was launched after 66 members of staff and visitors reported feeling unwell with flu-like illness. NHS Tayside Read more…


Legionella fears grow as facilities budgets fall

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The legionella bacterium – the cause of deadly legionnaires’ disease – could be mutating, threatening the lives of thousands. Experts attending the Combatting Legionella conference in Manchester 2011, say the bacterium has been seen surviving well beyond safety temperature guidelines, and in chemicals designed to kill it. And compounding the risk in Britain is the Read more…


Health officials are focusing on industrial premises in their search for the cause of a Legionnaires’ disease outbreak in south Wales.

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Inquiries continue into the source of the illness, which is clustered around the Heads of the Valleys corridor. The focus is on industrial premises and large air conditioning systems. “Most of the cases of Legionnaires’ disease that are notified to us are isolated cases, but outbreaks can occur.  “People become infected when they inhale Legionella bacteria Read more…


Drivers Told: Add screenwash or risk legionnaires’ disease..

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Motorists who do not use screenwash for their windscreen wipers risk getting potentially deadly legionnaires’ disease, a study revealed June 2010. The warning comes after health experts discovered professional drivers were five times more likely to be infected with the dangerous bug, which is found in warm, stagnant water. Drivers are now being urged to Read more…