What is the price of not implementing an effective Legionella management programme in your hospital? A loss in reputation, a loss of life, and after an April 2018 verdict, £300,000.
Under the Health and Safety at Work Law, the duty care holder and any company or responsible person appointed to oversee any kind of monitoring work could be prosecuted if an individual contracted Legionnaires’ disease on site. Below, we have provided seven tips on preventing the growth of Legionella.
1. Appoint a dedicated hygiene manager
This doesn’t have to be a specifically-hired manager, it could be a role assigned to an in-house member of staff or it could be outsourced. However, this should be one of the first steps followed to help prevent the growth of Legionella. Monitoring all the water systems and carrying out the appropriate checks and treatments is a big task. Any missed checks or treatment could result in a Legionella outbreak.