Demand for inquest into Legionnaires’ Disease outbreak

Lawyers representing the 48 survivors of Legionnaires Disease as well as the families of the four victims who tragically died in two major Legionnaires’ Disease outbreaks in Stoke-on-Trent in July and Edinburgh in May have called for a Public Inquiry into the problems, describing new safety advice on legionella bacteria as ‘too little, too late’.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) issued a safety notice to companies and organisations which make use of hot and cold water systems for washing and manufacturing processes to highlight the importance of putting measures in place to control and review the potential risks of the bacteria.

It follows a separate notice in July aimed specifically at companies which maintain and use cooling towers and evaporative condensers. The organisation has also confirmed it is working to develop new initiatives with local authorities to further improve control of legionella risks.

Continue reading

Promoting a positive Health & Safety culture

The culture of an organisation makes the greatest contribution to its Health and Safety performance. A careless culture can lead to a reduced level of productivity in the workplace, through low morale, ill health and time off work through injuries and maladies.

What is a Health & Safety culture?

There are three key points to having a good Health & Safety culture, trust, values, and attitude. It can take a very long time to build up a good culture (most estimates are five to ten years). Be warned, though, it takes no time at all to create a bad one. Erosion will occur more quickly than growth, a few examples of where it can all go wrong are:

Continue reading