Indoor Air Quality

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Many of us might spend up to 90 % of our day indoors — at home, work or school. The quality of the air we breathe indoors also has a direct impact on our health. What determines indoor air quality? Is there any difference between outdoor and indoor air pollutants? How can we improve indoor Read more…


Care home wash-basin was source of Legionella

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A wash basin in a Reading Borough Council care home was the most likely source of Legionnaires’ disease that killed a 95-year-old man, an inquest heard. Lewis Payne, of Knights Way, Emmer Green, was staying in The Willows care home, in Hexham Road, Whitley, when he contracted Legionnaires’ pneumonia. Flaws in specific Legionnaires’ training for Read more…


Managing the risks of Legionella

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The Energy Institute (EI) is set to publish an updated edition of its technical guidance on Legionella risk management control. Legionellosis, also known as ‘Legionnaires’ disease’ is a strain of pneumonia, so named after it affected a number of attendees at an American Legionnaires Convention in 1976. The EI will publish the updated guidelines to Read more…


Legionnaires’ cash payout

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A MAN from Sheffield has received a £20,000 out-of-court settlement after catching a potentially fatal disease at work. The 38-year-old caught Legionnaires’ disease, a rare form of pneumonia, after working as a subcontractor on cooling towers for Sheffield fencing manufacturer Estate Wire at its site on Birley Vale Close. He became so ill he had Read more…


Views sought on revised ACOPs

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The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has launched consultations on the revised content of two Approved Codes of Practice (ACOPs). Changes to the ACOPs Workplace health, safety and welfare regulations (L24) and Safety in the installation and use of gas systems and appliances (L56) have been developed by HSE and industry stakeholders. Following an initial Read more…


Death from Legionnaire’s Disease under investigation

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One person has died and another is recovering after an outbreak of Legionnaires’ Disease in South Yorkshire. Few details have been released by health authorities but medical chiefs confirmed yesterday the situation, in Doncaster, was being monitored, and there was currently no risk to others. Dr Wendy Phillips, director of the South Yorkshire Health Protection Read more…


Bacteria discovery closes Launceston hospital

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A hospital in north Cornwall is to close for four weeks after tests showed that legionella bacteria was present in two locations. Officials at Launceston Hospital, which has 20 beds, say that levels pose a minimal risk to patients and staff. The closure is being implemented to allow a disinfection of the water system and Read more…


Basildon Hospital admits legionella protection failures

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A hospital has admitted failing to protect the public in Essex from the potentially fatal effects of Legionnaire’s disease. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted Basildon University Hospital under the Health and Safety at Work Act. Two patients died after contracting the disease in 2007 and 2010.  Eight patients and visitors had been Read more…


Government’s new help for sickness absence is welcomed

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New Government proposals, published today, to help businesses manage sickness absence have been broadly welcomed by the leading professional body in occupational health and safety. Dame Carol Black and David Frost CBE were commissioned in 2011 to take a critical look at sickness absence in Britain. Today, the Department for Work and Pensions published its Read more…