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Case Study- Leaking GRP Water Tank in Events Centre

Posted on October 30, 2013

Following on from our previous post which detailed what to do in the event of a leaking water tank, we thought it would be useful to highlight the process we follow after arriving on site to resolve the problem of a leaking water tank. This case study describes the work we completed on a leaking GRP water tank situated within a major events and exhibition centre in the North East of England. Continue Reading

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What to do in the Event of a Leaking Water Tank?

Posted on October 17, 2013

Water tanks are used on a diverse range of sites and for a wide variety of different purposes, with many operating without any problems. However, there is always the risk that unchecked corrosion in a steel tank, failed mastic between joints in a GRP tank or eroded/cracked concrete could be the source of a leak so it is important to have a plan of action. To help you with this, COVAC thought it would be useful to provide you with a few pointers on what to do in the event that your water tank starts to leak. Continue Reading

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Legionella Risk Identification and What to Be Aware of

Posted on October 11, 2013

As the owner of a cooling tower, water tank or any other water retaining structure, it is your responsibility to ensure the structure is safe and any potential risks are identified early and remedied. However, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) state that 90% of outbreaks of Legionnaire’s disease are due to a failure in identifying the risk, and therefore the possible Legionella problem developing, or through not putting the necessary schemes in place to control and deal with an identified risk. Continue Reading

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UPDATE- Confirmed Cases of Legionnaire’s Disease in Croydon

Posted on October 3, 2013

At the end of August we reported on an outbreak of Legionnaire’s disease in Croydon which at the time had seen three confirmed cases of individuals with the disease, which then rose to four cases in September. Following extensive investigations by Public Health England (PHE), Croydon Health Services and Croydon Council, it has since been announced that there is ‘no risk’ to the public and the outbreak is under control. Continue Reading

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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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