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Welcome to the HSE Legionnaires' Disease eBulletin

This edition contains the latest news from HSE on Legionella.

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HSE Prosecution

On 20 April 2018, Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust was fined by Bristol Crown Court for failing to control the risk to patients from exposure to legionella bacteria in its water systems.  After the death of one of its patients from Legionnaires’ disease, HSE started an investigation and found that existing control measures were ineffective.  The Trust pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and has been fined £300,000 and ordered to pay costs of £37,451.78.  Full details of the case may be found at :

http://press.hse.gov.uk/2018/nhs-trust-fined-after-exposing-patients-to-legionella-risk/


Cooling Tower Regulatory Intervention Programme

HM Principal Specialist Inspector of Health & Safety, Mr Duncan Smith will be giving an update on the findings of HSE’s latest cooling tower intervention programme to the Water Management Society Conference on 19 June 2018.  Details of the conference and how to register may be found at:

https://www.wmsoc.org.uk/conferences.php?id=627.

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