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Management of waterborne pathogens in dental care during the COVID-19 pandemic

14th April 2020 Click here to download guidance Who is this guidance aimed at? This guidance is aimed at independent primary care dental providers as well as those in primary care GP practices. Particular attention should be given to the control of water borne pathogens in dental unit water lines and related equipment. These guidelines have been developed by the following experts including: Dr Jimmy Walker (UK, ESGLI), Mary Henderson (UK), Elise Maynard (Water Managem

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ESGLI Guidance Sheets

14th April 2020 The European Study Group for Legionella Infections - ESGLI, has drafted some excellent specific guidance for managing legionella in specific settings.  These are aimed at building operators in three sectors: Hospitals, Nursing/Care homes and other buildings. ESGLI Guidance for m

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LCA's Q&A COVID-19

6th April 2020 Q&A from LCA Members Over the last few weeks, we have received many questions from LCA members regarding safe management of water systems during the COVID-19 outbreak.  We have put together the following questions and answers that may help others in similar situations. As with all of the LCA guidance, please share with your clients and anybody else you feel would benefit from it. Q1 – What guidance has been issued by the HSE? A1 – The HSE has issued s

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Advice for LCA Members Taking Legionella Samples

26th March 2020 The LCA hosted a conference call on the 25/03/20 for legionella testing laboratories, both LCA members and non-members, to discuss common issues and share good practice during the COVID-19 outbreak.  A number of important issues emerged that LCA members and laboratory users should be aware of: • The laboratories are currently all open and processing samples as normal • Laboratories are committed to reporting everything they receive  • Laboratory staff should be considered key workers as they are part of the supply chai

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Safe Management of Water Systems in Buildings During the COVID-19 Outbreak

25th March 2020 We have been asked by a number of LCA members what the expectation is for management of water systems during this period of COVID-19 precautions.  The Health and Safety at Work Act still applies and Dutyholders must be taking reasonably practicable steps to control risk from legionella throughout this time.  Dutyholders implicated in an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease resulting from actions taken for COVID-19 precautions are not likely to have any exemption from prosecution.   The LCA cannot make sweeping statements about what is critic

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