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Legionella Awareness – KNOW YOUR STUFF!

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There has recently been some worrying news from CIPHE regarding legionella awareness.

They issued a warning to plumbers and building managers about the growing number of cases of Legionnaires’ disease with some strong advice:

know your stuff when it comes to Legionella

The warning comes following the sad death of Elaine Brown, a 69-year-old from Merseyside who contracted Legionnaires’ disease while staying at The Feathers Hotel in Ludlow, Shropshire.

Another guest at The Feathers also contracted the disease back in April but has since recovered.

Following the second outbreak, questions were asked about the standard and quality of remedial work carried out on the hotel’s water system and it now requires a complete overhaul.

Despite increased industry regulation surrounding Legionella and modern technology, it seems cases are rising significantly, from 496 cases in 2016 to 522 cases up to October 2017 according to government figures.

Legionnaires’ disease is more common than CO poisoning

We are all well informed about the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning, but according to Kevin Wellman, CEO of CIPHE, Legionnaires’ disease is now a more common killer:

“Annual deaths caused by poor plumbing now outnumber those caused by carbon monoxide related incidents, but still there is no formal regulation of those who can call themselves a plumber.”

“The CIPHE (and our Safe Water Group in particular) have been concerned about this risk for some time, hence the publication of the Safe Water Guide: Scald Prevention and Legionella, in March 2017.”

“Those of us in the industry know that Legionnaires’ disease is a risk that can be managed effectively by qualified and competent plumbing professionals working to industry standards and Regulations.”

“We strongly advise that all of those in the industry increase their knowledge on managing Legionella to help reverse this upward trend.”

How can I improve my Legionella awareness?

First and foremost, make sure your training is up to date!

Know your responsibilities when it comes to Legionella, be familiar with the guidance that covers it and have an appropriate treatment and control programme in place to combat the risk.

We deliver two Legionella courses:

You can also purchase the Safe Water Guide: Scald Prevention and Legionella direct from the CIPHE by phoning 01708 472791 or emailing, or check out these online resources:

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