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Staying Alive - Legionella Risk Management - July 2016

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With the recent Legionella outbreaks in Sydney centred around the operation of cooling towers, this seminar was a timely reminder to evaluate your approach to Legionella Water Quality Risk Management Plans and how it affects your duty of care, as a designer, Facilities management and stakeholder of existing and future developments.

This CIBSE NSW July Seminar, featuring industry leaders in legionella risk management, focussed upon the key aspects of a healthy working environment, as they relate to the design and specification of domestic hot and cold systems, as well as heating and cooling water services, which are perhaps some of the most important aspects of building design to provide a change for the better.

Dave Dickson discussed the fundamentals of legionella within plumbing systems highlighting how the design of fluid networks impacts the health and wellbeing of the building occupants, as well as their productivity.  There is also a growing body of evidence, which supports investment in user-centred design, operation, maintenance and testing to improve internal environments.

A joint interactive presentation from Maryn Wanigaratne & George Argyropoulos, from Knight Frank focussed upon commissioning and maintenance regimes involved with managing their national office portfolio.

This lead onto a practitioner's viewpoint about the recent Sydney clusters and how they worked with Councils and NSW Health.  David Nabarro, from Integra Water provided an insight into what is involved in servicing the majority of the cooling towers in the Sydney CBD, as well as how Integra Water took on a proactive involvement with both Local Council and NSW Health throughout the recent Legionella clusters in Sydney.

The final presentation of the evening from Tony Burns, NSW Health Department provided an insight into how his team provides advice to the Chief Health Officer / Ministry of Health on Microbial Control matters following the recent outbreaks of Legionnaires Disease in Sydney and NSW. 

This technical session was very well received with over 60 delegates in attendance and highlighted the importance of how Legionnaires disease is preventable – and that we all have a role to play. Don't let ignorance be an excuse.

The well attended seminar was held at the ARUP Engineers office on level 10, 201 Kent Street. Our sincere thanks to ARUP for their continued support with CIBSE ANZ, as well as Kemper for kindly sponsoring the evening.