Reducing the risk of Legionella

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ANGUS Council has organised a series of seminars to give local employers information on preventing the spread of the Legionella bacteria.

They will take place on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, July 10, 11 and 17, in Angus House, Orchardbank Business Park, Forfar.

The events are part of the council’s commitment to support local employers and businesses in complying with health and safety law.

Environmental health spokesman, councillor Mairi Evans, urged local firms to take up the offer of a free place at one of the seminars.

She stated: “Given the recent tragic events in Edinburgh, we have been approached by a number of local businesses for advice on managing the risk of Legionella.

“It is important that employers don’t panic, but rather take sensible steps to manage Legionella and these seminars will raise awareness of health and safety legislation and how to control the risk from Legionella bacteria.”

She concluded: “As well as the normal course content, businesses can take the advantage of these seminars to discuss any concerns they might have and check they are following the correct procedures in relation to Legionella management.”

The seminars are appropriate for businesses with specific risk factors such as showers, water cooled systems, spas, and cooling towers.

To book a place, download a seminar application form at: July 10 - http://www.angus.gov.uk/new/releases-archive/2012/10Julylegionellaseminar.pdf; July 11 - http://www.angus.gov.uk/new/releases-archive/2012/11Julylegionellaseminar.pdf; July 17 - http://www.angus.gov.uk/new/releases-archive/2012/17Julylegionellaseminar.pdf; or contact Clare Ireland on 01307 473913 or by e-mail at irelandc@angus.gov.uk.