Firm faces charges after legionella found in four cooling towers

Car component manufacturer, Faltec, is facing charges next month after significant levels of legionella in its water systems is linked to five cases of Legionnaire’s Disease. The company faces two charges; failure to ensure that staff were not exposed to health and safety risk and failure to protect non-employees from the same risks. The company [...]

February 13th, 2017|Blog|

Is your GP surgery safe?

As GP practice rated inadequate, is yours protecting you from the risk of legionella? Last week, reports emerged of a GP practice in Ipswich rated “inadequate” by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) after they found patients were at risk of harm due to failures to act on safety assessments. See the story here. They found [...]

February 9th, 2017|Blog|

Updated guidance to operating spa pools

Our Technical and Service Manager attended the recent SPATEX exhibition in Coventry on 31st January to find out more about what is happening in this leisure industry staple, Spa baths and Hot tubs. The primary reason was the introduction of the recently published (21st January 2017) HSE publication, HSG 282, “The control of Legionella and [...]

February 7th, 2017|Blog|

Cooling tower cleans at any time of day (or night!)

Three brave souls battled against the elements last Thursday night as the wind blew hard over Sheffield and the roof of one of our customer’s buildings late after midnight so that we could carry out a routine clean and disinfection of their cooling tower. To meet the customer’s needs, the only time this work could [...]

February 7th, 2017|Blog|

Firm faces legionella charges over deaths linked to display hot tub

Most of us, especially those operating spa facilities, understand the potential risk that hot tubs represent if legionella control is not taken seriously. But did you realise that they can pose risk to the whole environment; not just the immediate area of the facility? Legionella transfers via tiny droplets of water so steam and sprays carry [...]

January 25th, 2017|Blog|

Spatex 2017

Aquatrust to attend the UK’s no 1 ‘wet leisure’ trade show, Spatex The Spatex exhibition later this month represents all sectors of the spa industry including pools, spas, steam rooms, saunas, hydrotherapy and wellness and is a really great source of information for water safety management. There are a number of workshops that we’re particularly [...]

January 23rd, 2017|Blog|

Service Engineers Required

Due to growing demand for our services, we are recruiting for two new service engineers - one based at each of our sites in Bradford and St Helen's. This is an exciting opportunity to join our team and help us grow as a business. We offer an attractive remuneration package and offer continuous professional development [...]

January 23rd, 2017|Blog|

Legionella Awareness Training – still a few places remaining

Bradford session now fully booked but a few places remain for St Helen's date Our new Legionella Awareness training programme is proving to be very popular with the first Bradford training session on 25th January already fully booked. There are, however, still just a few places available (at the time of writing) on the session [...]

January 16th, 2017|Blog|

Happy New Year, Hello 2017!

We hope that all our clients have had a great Christmas and New Year and are as refreshed and ready to get to work we we are! It's back to business as usual so if we can help you with your legionella control and water regulation compliance then please let us know. We're also looking [...]

January 5th, 2017|Blog|

Calorifier Replacement

No Hot Water! We were asked by one of our clients to replace their hot water calorifier which had given up the ghost after being in use for more than 30 years. 30 year old calorifier Shopping Centre Our client, who manages a large shopping centre in West Yorkshire, required the work carrying [...]

December 1st, 2016|Blog|

Free Legionella Training Programme for 2017

When it comes to legionella control, we don’t believe in just coming in and managing that risk on our clients’ behalf (thought that is part of it), we also recognise the importance of equipping them with the knowledge and skills that they need to play an integral role in monitoring and managing their risk. That is why [...]

November 25th, 2016|Blog|

Restricted Tank Cleaning

Difficult Access We were recently asked to clean some cold water storage tanks at a chemical manufacturing site. The tanks are not ideal for cleaning due to their size, shape and lack of access and egress. The client did not want anyone entering the tanks due to the confined space risk and working at heights [...]

November 23rd, 2016|Blog|

Legionella Risk Assessment Document

As a company who wants to do more to conserve and protect our natural resources we have been looking at alternative ways to supply our Legionella Risk Assessment document. Environmentally Friendly Our existing paper based document is a costly document to produce as it is presented in a printed ring binder, has a set of [...]

November 9th, 2016|Blog|

RPZ Valves: Installation, Testing & Certification

Aquatrust Water & Ventilation Ltd offer a full range of services associated with RPZ (Reduced Pressure Zone) Valves including installation, testing, repairing, replacing and certification. What is an RPZ Valve? RPZ valves provide type BA backflow protection in line with Fluid Category 4. These devices must be checked regularly and at least annually to ensure [...]

November 8th, 2016|Blog|

Australia: Legionnaires’ disease outbreak

Cooling Towers Two cooling towers have been associated with an outbreak of legionnaires' disease in the Australian city of Sydney. To read more about the article click here.

November 8th, 2016|Blog|

Legionella Control & TMVs (Thermostatic Mixer Valves)

As part of a well maintained water system TMVs should be regularly tested and cleaned. HSG 274 Part 2 states: What are TMVs? TMVs are valves using temperature sensitive elements to blend hot and cold water to produce water at a temperature to safeguard against scalding. Blended water downstream of a TMV may provide an [...]

November 7th, 2016|Blog|

Rise in number of patients identified with legionnaires’ disease

We were interested to read an article recently which focused on the number of cases of legionnaires’ disease being identified in Denmark. Read the article here. Causes The main reasons for the increased outbreaks being identified are an outbreak from a cooling tower and changes made to monitoring procedures in 2015.  

November 7th, 2016|Blog|

Legionella Awareness Training

At Aquatrust, we don’t just believe in managing legionella control on your behalf, we think that effective legionella control should be something that you understand and is ingrained in your business operations. You can only do that if you have a good understanding of legionella and how to manage your responsibilities. That is why we [...]

November 7th, 2016|Blog|

Legionella Failure Costs G4S Dear

A £1.8 million fine is not the only cost to security firm G4S Cash Solutions has recently been fined £1.8 million after failing to reduce the risk of Legionnaires’ disease from its water systems. The company was investigated after a worker was reported to have contracted the disease, which can potentially prove fatal. While Harlow [...]

October 10th, 2016|Blog|

Re-structure at senior management level issues in new era

New positions for the longest serving and the newest members of staff As we reported a few weeks ago, our operations director, Neil Sheard, took his well deserved retirement. While we were sad to see him go, this has given us an opportunity to re-structure our management team to take our business into its next [...]

October 10th, 2016|Blog|