Every year, hundreds of people in the UK contract Legionnaires’ disease; a lung infection so severe that around 10% of cases prove fatal. Contracting this disease isn’t unavoidable, in fact it is quite preventable if the right measures are taken…
Legionnaires’ disease or Legionella is a disease that is caused by exposure to the bacterium Legionella pneumophila which is found in man-made water systems. Symptoms are very similar to pneumonia and range from cough and fever to shortness of breath and headaches. People infected with Legionella will exhibit symptoms 2 to 10 days after exposure to the bacteria, but it can take longer.
Legionella bacteria can cause serious health problems if levels become high. Premises with still or running water should be carefully checked in order to ensure that the water system is regularly maintained and safe to use. Legionella training courses by Bison Assist aim to make the owners of these premises aware of the dangers of this infectious disease, by helping them understand their legal and social responsibilities. Our courses, which are developed by health and safety professionals, are fully online and can be completed at your own pace.
While some people may roll their eyes at the rules and regulations in the workplace, we often lose sight of the importance of health and safety in protecting millions of workers around the UK. Whatever size business you have, health and safety should always be on your priority list and we at Bison Assist are here to help you with our customised and highly-efficient health and safety courses.
Legionellosis – also known as Legionnaires’ disease – is an infection caused by various bacteria of the genus Legionella. The disease is transmitted through droplets of water that contains these organisms at high levels. Legionella bacteria grow naturally and can be found in various environmental settings, therefore it is difficult to eradicate them completely or stop them from entering our water systems. Although the disease itself is relatively rare, these bacteria can cause other serious complications such as Pontiac fever and pneumonia. A small concentration of these bacteria is not harmful, but in an encouraging environment, they can reach an ideal temperature and multiply, creating a thick biofilm that sticks to the surface of pipes that contain still water or accommodate slow-moving water.
At Bison Assist, we believe that Healthy and Safety e-learning courses are a fast and effective way to train your staff and ensure compliance with existing regulations, not to mention that e-courses are cost-effective and easy to implement.
Health and safety is a major concern in the workplace, and ensuring your staff are well-trained and up to speed means you can run your business with peace of mind that you’re up-to-date with current legislation.
No matter what industry you’re in, no matter at what level of your organisation your employees work, in every workplace the responsible person must ensure that his staff members are receiving adequate safety training, as laid out in the Fire Safety Order 2005. This training must be up-to-date and in line with current fire safety regulations.
What is a Fire Assessment? All business premises or other non-domestic premises must have a fire risk assessment by law, however, it’s a surprising fact that this important fire safety measure is often overlooked by many businesses. The result of…
Last year there were over 15,500 non-residential fires in the UK, resulting in damage to property, injuries and in some cases, fatalities. Whatever size organisation you run, fire safety is important, you are legally obliged to ensure your premises are a safe place for your employees to work, which means taking action to minimise the risk of fire. In fact, the Health and Safety Executive has stated that fire risk assessments are mandatory for all business premises.
At Bison Assist, we offer tailored fire risk assessments for many different types of premises. The service we offer to schools is carried out during the normal working day without disrupting any activities. We provide a comprehensive report that will help minimising the risk(s), prevent expensive damage and ensure that you are compliant with legislation.