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Lawyers Call for Public Inquiry Following Legionnaire’s Outbreaks

Posted on September 27, 2013

In wake of the recent outbreak of Legionnaire’s disease in Croydon, lawyers representing victims and others affected in previous outbreaks, in the locations such as Edinburgh and Stoke on Trent, have repeated their calls for a Public Inquiry to be launched. We reported last month on how three cases had been confirmed in the Croydon area of London, and at the start of this month a fourth case was confirmed, with all individuals being treated for the potentially life threatening disease at Croydon University Hospital. Continue Reading

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What are the Most Common Problems with Cooling Towers and Sumps?

Posted on September 19, 2013

As the owner of a cooling tower or sump, it is vitally important that you take the time to regularly check the condition of the structure to ensure you aren’t putting anyone in the vicinity at risk. Poorly maintained cooling towers can act as the perfect breeding ground for Legionnella, which has the potential progress to an outbreak of Legionnaire’s disease, therefore emphasising the important role you have to play as an owner. However, due to the nature of cooling towers and sumps, it can be difficult to pick up on problems when they arise, so we at COVAC thought we’d provide a little guidance to help you out. Continue Reading

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UPDATE- Legionnaire’s Outbreak in Glasgow, Scotland

Posted on September 4, 2013

Back in July, we provided details of an outbreak of Legionnaire’s disease in the Renfrew area of Glasgow where at the time there had been five confirmed cases of individuals with the disease. Two months on, we at COVAC thought we’d update you on where things stand at present, how many new cases have been confirmed and the measures the local authorities are going to in order to prevent the outbreak affecting more people. Continue Reading

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Three Cases of Legionnaire’s Disease Confirmed in Croydon

Posted on August 28, 2013

In recent days, three cases of Legionnaire’s disease have been confirmed in the Croydon area, with investigations now underway to determine the source and cause of the outbreak. All three individuals affected by the disease are now in hospital undergoing treatment whilst Croydon Council, Public Health England (PHE) and Croydon Health Services set to work on investigating how this outbreak has developed. Continue Reading

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COVAC Awarded ISO 14001 Accreditation for Environmental Management

Posted on August 22, 2013

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COVAC is delighted to announce that we have now attained The ISO 14001 Environmental Management Accreditation, renowned for being ‘the world’s most recognized environmental management standard.’ This accreditation recognises the fact that we and our team put the management of the environment at the forefront of our processes in order to ensure sustainable success moving forward. Continue Reading

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HSE Plans to Inspect 5000 Cooling Towers

Posted on August 7, 2013

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have plans to inspect around 5000 cooling towers or sites with similar structures across the UK through the latter part of this year and heading into early 2014 for completion by March. This programme of intervention has been implemented following a review of Legionnaire’s outbreaks over the last ten years and the HSE’s own formal enforcement action on controlling the risk of legionella from the past five years. Continue Reading

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Case Study- Cooling Tower Reline on Elevated Platform

Posted on July 31, 2013

In the latest of our case study reports, we are going to take a closer look at a project we completed for a manufacturing company which involved an internal reline of a cooling tower positioned on an elevated platform. Following an inspection, it was clear to our COVAC operatives that the internal substrate had previously been coated with an unknown substance that was now coming to the end of its useful life. Continue Reading

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COVAC Awarded ‘Committed to CSCS- Platinum’ Certification

Posted on July 17, 2013

CSCS LogoCompetence to complete all projects to the highest possible standard each and every time is something that we at COVAC and our team of operatives take great pride in. This high level of competence has recently been formally recognised by the Construction Skills Certificate Scheme (CSCS) which saw us awarded platinum certification that shows proof of our commitment to developing a workforce capable of meeting the needs of our customers as well as the company and construction industry as a whole. Continue Reading

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All at Sea; Legionella Bacteria Found on Shetland Barge

Posted on July 12, 2013

When you consider the discovery of legionella bacteria, a barge berthed in Scalloway harbour in Shetland is probably not the first location that will come to mind, however local health officials have confirmed that this is actually the case. The barge has been docked at the harbour for the last month and is being used as accommodation to house workers currently conducting maintenance work on the nearby Sullom Voe Terminal. Continue Reading

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GRP Water Storage Tanks- The Solution to Your Problems?

Posted on July 9, 2013

The importance of maintaining any structure on your site that contains water simply can’t be stressed enough, however when problems arise, is the best option to repair your existing tank or replace with a new one? In recent years, we have noticed an increasing number of people replace an existing yet corroding steel water tank with a new glass reinforced plastic (GRP) water storage tank that they deem to be the long term solution. Continue Reading

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