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.