Welcome to the Ames Group Blog! My name's Alan Read, and here I'll be posting tips and advice on pest control, and keeping you updated on anything and everything in the world of pests and legionella.

Share:   The following observations relate to a legionella risk assessment carried out  by Ames some time ago in the UK, at a large retail store. Upon first inspection it appeared that it would contain a compliant water system with a Water Regulations compliant system. I talked with the building services manager over the phone, who informed … Continue reading “Legionella Risk Assessment At Large Retailer”

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Share:   Never a week goes by without the local or national media reporting on something tragic or disastrous such as the outbreak of a house fire which results in tragedy.  However rarely do the media then follow up on the reasons and causes of such an event, which limits the resulting widespread public safety, awareness or … Continue reading “Case Study: Legionella and Legionnaires’ Disease outbreak at long-term care home | AMES Legionella Control Services”

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Share:   Up to 8000 students may have been exposed to legionella risk in Holland whilst taking part in a high profile annual relay race, the University of Twente has revealed.  The University organises the 185km relay race each year.  Since its origins in 1972 the race has grown from 600 enthusiastic participants to the 8000 who … Continue reading “Legionella Risk To 8000 students, says University of Twente, Holland”

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Share:   A hospital here in the UK has been instructed to improve its policies in order to deter the development of legionella and Legionnaires’ disease.  The HSE were notified after a patient was believed to have contracted Legionnaires Disease whilst at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary. The case did not turn out to be connected to legionella.  However, … Continue reading “Hospital in UK Found To Have Some Failings In Legionella Control Policies”

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Share:   One thing businesses maintenance managers sometimes overlook is the regular checking of commercial water tanks or storage tanks.  If a regime has not been put in place which has resulted in the habitual checking of these tanks then it can get missed. If you are responsible for a building where members of the public or … Continue reading “What does the inside of the water storage tank look like in your workplace?”

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Share:   A man in his 50s has been killed by a Legionella outbreak in Edinburgh.  The man, Robert Air worked on a local construction site.  At least 80 are confirmed or suspected to be affected by the bug. Health service officers are doing their utmost to pinpoint exactly where the victims had contracted Legionnaires’ disease as … Continue reading “Edinburgh Legionella Outbreak Kills A Man Leaving up to 80 Ill”

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Share:   Innovations in Legionella Monitoring Help To Protect Multiple Sites Innovative legionella intelligence monitoring can help keep your staff and visitors safe under legislative compliance and ACOP L8.  Legionella Black Box monitoring works in accordance with HSE legislation, exceeding your compliance. The Black box intelligence monitoring system reduces labour costs whilst giving real time information and … Continue reading “Innovations in Legionella Monitoring Help To Protect Multiple Sites”

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Share:   One of sixteen people affected by the recent Legionnaires’ Disease outbreak in Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire has died whilst in hospital.  A cause of death will now need to be confirmed by the coroner, according to the Health Protection Agency (HPA).  No details about the person who has dies have yet been released. The people … Continue reading “Legionnaires’ Disease Patient In Stoke-on-Trent dies, 16 people infected in total | Legionella Risk Control UK”

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Share:   In 2002, seven people died of Legionnaires’ disease when an air conditioning unit at the Arts Centre in Barrow, Cumbria, emitted a fine spray of water into the street, which the victims inhaled. A further 500 people fell ill and many were left with life-long illnesses as a result of the outbreak. Legionella is a … Continue reading “10th Anniversary of Legionaires’ Disease outbreak in Barrow”

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Share:   Despite statements to the contrary made by representatives of Playboy magnate Hugh Hefner, an outbreak of illness, believed to be linked to a strain of Legionnaires’ disease, has been reported to have originated at the Playboy mansion. Following a conference held at the mansion earlier this year, it was alleged that the illness had been … Continue reading “Illness Linked To Legionnaires Disease Shown To Have Originated From Famous Mansion”

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