An effective Flexible Solution to Safety Management is the pillar of any effective organisation. The CMSE Health and Safety Management retainer system is fully transparent and flexible to suit your needs.
Compliance under the 2005 Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act is legally required. We assist companies of all sizes in complying with this legal obligation whilst being able to customise the level of support to the needs of your business – allowing you to concentrate on running your business.
All of our Most Popular Retainers include Free Manual Handling training for staff, Full Company Health & Safety Visit/Audit, Detailed Company Risk Profile and Report, and discounts on our Training (Classroom & Online) and Consultancy services
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The 55th Annual NISO Health and Safety Conference was hosted by NISO South Region in Killarney on the 12th of October. MC for the conference was Chairperson of the NISO South Region and Senior Safety Consultant at Chris Mee Group Sean O'Shaughnessy. The theme for the conference was “Safety: The Heart of the Matter” and had some fantastic speakers such as;
O'Shaughnessy said, “It was a great honour for me and I really enjoyed representing the region….” The conference was followed by the 27th NISO/NISG (National Irish Safety Organisation / Northern Ireland Safety Group) Annual Safety Awards. These awards demonstrate the positive and proactive culture of safety management and are highly valued across health and safety professionals throughout the island of Ireland. Winners on the night included:
Chris Mee Group are a leading provider of EHS services in UK, Ireland & abroad. Our clients range from large multinationals to SMEs. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact one of our experienced Consultants by filling in the enquiry form below.
Legionella (or full title, legionella pneumophilia) is a rod- shaped bacterium which belongs to the genus Legionella. It naturally occurs in water and soil environments. At low temperatures, under 20oC, the bacteria survive but do not multiply and over 60oC the bacteria die. Legionella bacteria flourish under certain conditions; in temperatures between 20-50oC with optimum growth occurring at a temperature of 37oC. It also flourishes where there is little or no water movement as stagnant water provides an excellent breeding ground for the bacteria. Water systems enhance the spread of bacteria through producing aerosols/water vapour which can then be inhaled.
Legionnaires’ disease is a potentially fatal form of pneumonia – an infection caused by legionella bacteria (typically affecting men more than women). People with weakened immune systems are particularly susceptible and more inclined to contract legionnaires‘ disease (older adults and smokers are also susceptible). It is not contagious but it can be fatal. The disease was first identified in 1976 after an outbreak at the convention of the American legion in Philadelphia where over 220 people were infected resulting in 34 deaths. Since then, numbers of cases have slowly risen with latest figures showing 200-250 reported cases of legionnaires’ disease each year in the UK.
The legionella bacterium also causes Pontiac fever, a milder illness resembling the flu. Separately or together, the two illnesses are sometimes called legionellosis. Pontiac fever usually clears on its own, but untreated legionnaires’ disease can be fatal. Although prompt treatment with antibiotics usually cures legionnaires ‘ disease, some people continue to experience problems after treatment.
Bupa have been fined over £3m for the death of care home resident, Kenneth Ibbetson, 86. It has been revealed that Bupa failed to implement measures to control and monitor the hot and cold water systems at the Hutton Village Nursing Home in Essex during refurbishment works in 2015. Ibbetson moved to the care home in March 2015 and died just one month later on 23rd June 2015 from legionnaires’ disease. It was later proven that he contracted the bacteria from the water systems that delivered water to his bedroom.
Samples taken from the tap in Ibbetson’s bedroom later revealed there was a high concentration of legionella bacteria in the water. Bupa failed to properly train staff who were responsible for overseeing legionella controls and measuring the temperature of the water and the results of this were fatal for Kenneth Ibbetson. This in turn was a breach of S 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work act and paid £151,482 costs. This highlights the importance of monitoring and controlling water systems temperatures.
By carrying out detailed legionella risk assessments that both identify and assess the risk of exposure to Legionella bacteria in your workplace. The assessment will identify the work activities and locations of the exposures and in turn will list precisely any necessary precautionary control measures both interim and long term.
CMSE Consultancy are delighted to offer these detailed legionella risk assessments. Our main objective is to ensure that the health and safety of people in the workplace is maintained to the highest of standards; in keeping with applicable Irish legislation. With regard to legionella, Irish legislation states that under the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (Biological Agent) act 1994 there are specific requirements for controlling biological agents. These requirements include;
The services that CMSE Consultancy provides within these risk assessments are as followed:
It is evident that monitoring and controlling of the water temperature is crucial in maintaining a safe environment; be it a workplace, nursing home or your very own family home. With the help of CMSE Consultancy you can ensure that the highest standards of Irish legislation are met, and you can sleep with the reassurance of knowing that your employees/patients/family are safe.
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