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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 www.getreading.co.uk

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.


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