A retailer has been fined £1MILLION for causing deaths by and further infections of Legionnaire’s Disease. The company could have installed simple and inexpensive monitoring which would have prevented the problem.
A legionella outbreak caused by a display hot tub resulted in 21 confirmed cases of Legionnaire’s Disease linked to the incident, 2 of those affected died as a result.
Tragically, one of the main factors that contributed to this outbreak was cost saving, without the knowledge to put proper controls in place and the resources to manage it.
People contract Legionnaires’ disease by inhaling small droplets of water (aerosols), suspended in the air, containing the bacteria. Certain conditions increase the risk from legionella, such as where water is stored and/or re-circulated.
Utopia Technology is working closely with Invisible Systems of Cumbria to provide those businesses who are at risk with innovative and highly effective monitoring.
Chris Sulej, commercial director of Utopia Technology, said,
“Invisible Systems Realtime Online is a complete system that will improve the quality of legionella monitoring and water hygiene whilst notably reducing the cost of conditions testing and compliance reporting.
“Using continuously improving hardware and cloud software, along with specialist know-how in water management and legionella prevention, we offer efficient and accurate data collected whilst ensuring auditable compliance.”
The simple and easy to install temperature probes and GPRS Cellular gateways provide a non-intrusive cost-effective solution to expensive manual temperature record collection. The system can compare data from a single or multi-site and have it displayed on Realtime Online dashboard which is easy to read and displays compliance data that meets the requirements of HSG274 Part 2.
The conclusion to this story is that you just can’t take risks with Legionella and assume you can manage it if you haven’t had the proper training or don’t outsource control to a specialist firm.
Utopia Technology partners with leading technology providers such as Invisible Systems to future proof client networks from all eventualities.
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