This website uses cookies primarily for visitor analytics. Certain pages will ask you to fill in contact details to receive additional information. On these pages you have the option of having the site log your details for future visits. Indicating you want the site to remember your details will place a cookie on your device. To view our full cookie policy, please click here. You can also view it at any time by going to our Contact Us page.

Legionella death drives action in 150 council buildings

01 August 2016

A range of precautionary initiatives have been announced across 150 Reading council buildings after a resident at a Whitley care home contracted Legionnaires' disease.

Following the death of the 95-year-old resident in November 2012, legionella bacterium was traced to a wash basin in the care, described as the most likely source of the disease as the resulting inquest.

Reading Crown Court fined the council £100,000 with £20,000 and said its failings were "systemic and continued over a period of time", according to local news service

Since then, the council has introduced a number of measures for managers and staff to tackle legionella in its facilities.

In additional to training, measures implemented have included:
more resource to support facilities teams in delivering building management duties;
requiring building managers to complete checklists of essential safety checks;
clear definition of those responsible for legionella testing; completion of a compliance audit;
building compliance guides circulated to managers;
increased monitoring, including health safety focus in team meetings, has been introduced within a new strategy and action plan;
this includes a risk assessment register and matches safety training to each job role.

Further to the measures above, the council is also creating a new process for managers to ensure that all staff receive health and safety training and updates.

Print this page | E-mail this page


Article image Increasing issues relating to refrigerants following F Gas regulation impact

FMs in charge of facilities with plant and equipment that use refrigerant gases with a high global warming potential (GWP) face a number of issues in the near future.Full Story...

Article image Manchester Cleaning Show To Focus On Future Of Cleaning And Wider FM Issues

The full programme for the second Manchester Cleaning Show, the northern edition of The Cleaning Show which now alternates annually with Excel in London, has been announced.Full Story...

Pest control warning from industry body

Carillion businesses sold as markets adjust to company collapse

WCRS hosts series of free informative webinars