February 2016 – Water Safety Advice



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Water Safety Advice

For Residential Property Management

There appears to be a hierarchy of priority when it comes to health & safety within the block management sector. Everybody knows the importance of fire safety, there is a high awareness of the dangers of asbestos, and the no win / no fee personal injury culture ensures trips and falls and other hazards are identified and dealt with.

In this context water safety has often been overlooked and even ignored by many RMC directors and property managers. That is until recently when perceived changes in law have raised concerns about the liabilities and responsibilities of freeholders and landlords.

So what has changed? Well basically nothing – except a growing realisation that water safety is as important as fire, asbestos and general health & safety and should be treated as such.

Legionella bacteria leads to £54,000 fine for hotel operator

A hotel operator has been fined after dozens of guests and staff fell ill due to being exposed to Legionella bacteria in a hot tub.
BDL Select Operations Ltd, which operated the then-Landmark Hotel, now the Hilton Doubletree in Dundee, was fined £54,000 over the outbreak.

In total, 65 people fell ill, with 18 confirmed to have contracted Pontiac Fever, a non-fatal, flu-like illness caused by the same type of Legionella bug that causes Legionnaires’ disease.

Myth-busting by the HSE

Council bans Refuse collection workers from wearing Christmas hats

Refuse collection workers in Colchester have been banned from wearing Christmas hats or anything Christmassy on the grounds of health and safety. The council have stated drivers and other road users could be distracted.

Read the Panel’s decision HERE.

Bus company separates boys and girls on contracted school service to comply with health and safety regulations

A bus company providing contracted service to a school stated that they separated boys and girls on their school bus in order to comply with health and safety regulations.

Read the Panel’s decision HERE.
The HSE Myth Busters Challenge Panel provides a mechanism to independently challenge potentially disproportionate or inaccurate advice or decisions, made in the name of health and safety.

“We think that communicating these decisions will help all our clients with a better insight into the ongoing ‘perception v’s reality’ arguments which appear in the media from time to time”.
Phil Jones

From the Team

Experienced Water Safety Consultant Phil Lonsdale talks about residential water safety and the  simple straightforward assessments that can be undertaken.

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Unlicensed Asbestos Removal

A construction firm removed an asbestos ceiling in a school despite not being legally approved to do the work.
Clarks Construction Limited, of Windsor Street, Luton, was fined a total of £3,300, and ordered to pay £662 in costs after pleading guilty to a breach of Regulation 8(1) of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 for carrying out the work which, given the inherent level of risk involved, requires a licensed contractor.Read More

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