The Health and Safety Executive has publicised a seminar, taking place in Bradford later this month, about the risks of Legionnaires’ disease in the workplace. Local environmental and health officers will explain the problems caused by legionella bacteria, advise what employers can do to prevent it and how to comply with health and safety law.
An upcoming seminar in Bradford has been highlighted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) in an attempt to make employers aware of the risks of Legionnaires’ disease to their workforce. Although the disease is not known to spread from person to person, the health risks are considerable if the bacteria take hold before the first symptoms start to show.
Legionnaires’ disease is form of pneumonia that can be fatal, particularly to high-risk victims such as the elderly, and people with chronic respiratory or kidney problems.
The legionella bacteria that cause the disease can be found in purpose-built water systems sometimes used by employers, where the water is stored at a temperature high enough to encourage growth of the bacteria.
Law firms such as Accident Advice Helpline, have dealt with many claims for compensation by unfortunate victims of this distressing disease. A spokesperson from the company advised employers to take the threat of legionella bacteria seriously, as awareness of the causes could prevent the suffering of their valuable workforce.Open Claim Calculator
“Employers need to be made aware of every aspect of Legionnaires’ disease and the potential threat, not only to their staff, but to the success of their entire business. My advice to them is to learn how to minimise the risks of legionella in the workplace, and approach the HSE for further advice if needed.”
Symptoms of Legionnaires’ disease include:
- High fever
- Muscle pains
In severe cases pneumonia may quickly follow on from the initial symptoms, with the patient also potentially suffering from mental confusion.
If you are at risk of legionnaires disease from your workplace then you may want to seek personal injury claim advice with a law firm that you can trust.
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