Legionella death highlights need for proper training, says industry leader

Leading training and consultancy specialist Develop Training Ltd (DTL) has renewed calls for more investment in tackling Legionnaire’s disease after a patient died of the condition.

St Christopher’s Hospice, of Lawrie Park Road, Sydenham, London, pleaded guilty to breaching Sections 3(1) and 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, and was sentenced to a two year conditional discharge, and ordered to pay costs of £25,000.

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Vicky Smedley, Delivery Manager at DTL, explains: “Legionella bacteria, found in air conditioning and water systems, present a real risk for any facility, regardless of industry sector. Recent years have seen outbreaks in hospitals, manufacturing facilities, leisure establishments and garden centres.

“So, it’s important that you put in place the right steps and measures to protect both your staff and any visitors from the dangers that surround exposure to Legionella.”

As well as the death of a patient, a worker suffered life changing effects as a result of contracting Legionnaires’ disease. DTL warns that organisations should remain vigilant to the dangers of legionella and be up-to-date with current legislation to prevent further accidents. 

The serious dangers of Legionella continue to be a problem in the UK and worldwide. However national construction and utility training specialist DTL says effective training can play a big part in reducing the risks.
Modern training techniques, such as those delivered by DTL, can ensure that responsible persons are trained more effectively in the maintenance of systems than with traditional, classroom-only training. This, coupled with new competency qualifications and compliance processes, gives management flexibility over how and where training is delivered

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