Legionnaires’ strikes again: here’s some help from the Institute

Make certain your business is safe from legionella with our guide
Make certain your business is safe from legionella with our guide

The hospitality industry can be particularly susceptible to outbreaks of the deadly pneumonia, Legionnaires’, and this year has been no exception.

A recent outbreak in New York (source: USA Today) has resulted in at least 8 fatalties and more than 91 hospitalisations. Testing has confirmed that the locations where exposure took place include a hospital, a shopping plaza and a hotel.

Water cooling towers appear to be harboring the legionella bacteria in the New York cases, but air conditioning, spas and showers are all common sites as well. More importantly, outbreaks can occur in any climate, including in the UK.

To make certain your hospitality business is providing a healthy and legally-compliant workplace, read the Institute’s Management Guide, Managing Legionnaires’ Disease, for hospitality-specific guidance. The guide can help you ensure your business, staff and guests are safe from this invisible and potentially deadly threat.


Author: Institute of Hospitality

Established in 1938, the Institute is the international professional membership body for managers and aspiring managers who work or study in the hospitality, leisure and tourism industries. We help more than 10,000 hospitality professionals in 100 countries grow their knowledge, professional profile and expertise offering a wide range of high quality membership services such as targeted and regular industry networking events, hospitality qualifications and extensive online quality resources such as free management guides, Hospitality magazine, webinars, ebooks and ejournals. To learn more about our many member benefits, view our website or email membership@instituteofhospitality.org