Hospital faces £350,000 fine over Legionella incidents

The Safety & Heath Practitioner (SHE) reports that a large hospital trust is being fined £350,000 over two Legionella incidents. One of the incidents led to a patient fatality from contracting Legionella's Disease.

On 3 September 2013 Chelmsford Crown Court heard that a legionella investigation by the HSE found the Trust had failed to monitor the hot and cold water systems adequately or ensure key parts of the system, such as shower heads and hoses, were kept clean.

Legionella, like asbestos, requires good internal management with regular servicing of potential hazardous elements such as air con systems, boilers and other water based hazards (water softening systems, pipes, showers etc.)

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