Legionella “T-R-O-U-B-L-E” for some now the summer is here, but it needn’t be.

Greg Davies

Greg Davies
Director of Market Development, Assurity Consulting
3rd July 2017

They were, in no particular order:

1. FMWorld for July had a two page “Front Desk” analysis on Legionella.

2. Reported by the BBC, JTF Wholesale Limited was “fined £1m following the deaths of two men from Legionnaires’ disease.”  This resulted from a contaminated hot tub on display in a Fenton store, which is known to have infected at least 20 people.

3. Three cases of Legionnaires’ disease have been confirmed at The Guest House, Graceland, 3600 Elvis Presley Blvd., Memphis, via the Shelby County Health Department (SCHD). The hotel remains open although the hot tub and pool facilities have been closed while an investigation continues.

In combination, they provide a reminder that Legionella needs to be effectively and properly managed. In being asked to contribute to the FMWorld piece, I was provided with a historic article quoting:

“There are lessons to be learnt from this case, which have clear implications not just for middle management but director and board level too. What comes across strongly is the need for top-level commitment for clear and relevant management systems, coupled with effective training.”

This came from an SHP Online article from 23rd August 2006, written at the conclusion of the 2nd trial in the Barrow in Furness outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in 2002. The person quoted was me and sadly it seems the message is still not being heard.