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HSE: Legionella in aqueous tunnel washers

Posted Nov 04 2009 10:03pm

Today (May 6th 2009) HSE published a SIM (Sector Information Minutes: Manufacturing Sector) on the risk of exposure to Legionella from a previously unidentified source, namely aqueous tunnel washers. It details the type of equipment involved in the first known outbreak and outlines key issues that are likely to be applicable in similar plant.

In 2008 two employees at a large engineering firm were diagnosed with Legionnaires’ Disease; the only common factor was their employment at the company. After investigation and sampling, the source of their infection was found to be an aqueous tunnel washer (pre-treatment plant) of the type that is typically found at motor vehicle and ‘white goods’ manufacturing facilities.

View SIM 030906 – Legionella in aqueous tunnel washers

Today (May 6th 2009) HSE published a SIM (Sector Information Minutes: Manufacturing Sector) on the risk of exposure to Legionella from a previously unidentified source, namely aqueous tunnel washers. It details the type of equipment involved in the first known outbreak and outlines key issues that are likely to be applicable in similar plant.

In 2008 two employees at a large engineering firm were diagnosed with Legionnaires’ Disease; the only common factor was their employment at the company. After investigation and sampling, the source of their infection was found to be an aqueous tunnel washer (pre-treatment plant) of the type that is typically found at motor vehicle and ‘white goods’ manufacturing facilities.

View SIM 030906 – Legionella in aqueous tunnel washers

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