Disease Outbreak Control
  • Legionella bacteria in cooling towers 19 May 2017

    Researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the United States recently analysed water from 196 cooling towers, representing eight of nine continental US climate regions, for Legionella DNA. They found 84% of the cooling towers from ... Continue Reading

  • New report proves plumbing link to SARS 13 March 2017

    The epidemic of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) in Hong Kong in 2002-2003 was linked to plumbing design by the World Health Organisation (WHO), which speculated that the virus spread through a faulty plumbing system. The WHO concluded that defective ... Continue Reading

  • EPA’s review on preventing legionella 5 October 2016

    A technology review on effective strategies to prevent outbreaks of Legionella in large buildings such as hotels, hospitals and schools has been published by the EPA. From the Executive Summary: The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) developed this document because it recognizes that ... Continue Reading

  • A sound investment 18 July 2016

    Taking the time to install a well-designed plumbing system has all sorts of paybacks, but no noise is one of the best for everyone involved says John Fennell. With more complicated plumbing designs required to incorporate safety and energy saving equipment ... Continue Reading

  • A Safer Solution 1 February 2016

    Dealing with asbestos is an unfortunate part of construction in Australia; however, the task is becoming easier thanks to an intuitive product developed in Queensland. With an alarming amount of asbestos used in old buildings across Australia, a massive industry has ... Continue Reading

  • Asbestos – what you need to know 18 January 2016

    Exposure to asbestos is an ongoing concern, but there are some younger members of the industry who have no idea what to look out for. Paul Skelton reports. “There is no safe level of exposure to asbestos fibres,” Asbestos Education Committee ... Continue Reading

  • How to avoid critical mistakes in sampling water for Legionella 11 December 2014

    Many organizations waste a lot of money on Legionella sampling – not because sampling cannot be useful- but because of mistakes in planning, collecting samples, or interpreting the test results. In a new four-video series called “How to Avoid Critical ... Continue Reading

  • Legionella Webinar Recording 4 December 2013

    A recording of “Legionella Guidelines, Standards, and Prevention Strategies,” presented by Matt Freije on November 21st, can be viewed free of charge at www.hcinfo.com. Freije discussed Legionella prevention options in light of scientific findings, current and pending guidelines and standards, ... Continue Reading

  • Legionella HACCP plan demonstration 12 November 2012

    The HACCP approach to managing building water systems for Legionella control has been recommended by the World Health Organization since 2007 and is proposed in ASHRAE 188P. In free webinars repeated every few weeks in the coming months, Matt Freije ... Continue Reading

  • Is swine flu a sanitary problem? 4 May 2009

    Before we look at what the World Health Organisation have to say about the current Swine Flu pandemic, take a look at the special feature attached below from eOfficial magazine which reports on how plumbers should be the first ... Continue Reading