HSE reminder on Water Systems Safety

Health & Safety Executive reminder on water systems safety during the COVID-19 lockdown.

The HSE has reminded building occupiers, businesses & other duty holders restarting operations after the COVID-19 shutdown to review their water systems maintenance arrangements to avoid creating a public health hazard from waterborne bacteria such as legionella. Employers, the self-employed & people in control of premises, such as landlords, have a duty to identify & control risks associated with legionella. If your building was closed or has reduced occupancy during the COVID-19 outbreak, water system stagnation can occur due to lack of use, increasing the risks of Legionnaires’ disease.      Read

A further in depth posting has been received from one of our Members.

Recommissioning your water system before opening your building.

Our thanks to Imran  from . who have  released a blog on ‘recommissioning your water system’ before reopening your building. This is in an effort to safeguard staff & service users against Legionella & other harmful bacteria which may be lurking in water of buildings that have been shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic.
As per the guidance issued by the Legionella Control Association (LCA) 13th May, 2020, it is essential that when buildings reopen following the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions, that any water system is not simply put straight back into use. During the period of shutdown, if flushing cannot…. Read




Whirlpool identifies more fire risk Hotpoint machines.

Whirlpool identifies more fire risk Hotpoint machines.

in January 2020 Whirlpool began a recall campaign to identify more than 500,000 Hotpoint and Indesit branded washing machines in homes which may pose a potential fire risk.

Whirlpool have identified a further 21 Hotpoint branded washing machines which may also pose a risk.
This equates to approximately 55,000 additional machines and takes the total number of affected models to 45.

The National Fire Chiefs Council is urging people to recheck their Hotpoint branded machines.
People may have checked in the past and been told their machine is not affected but this may not now be the case.

You do not need to contact the retailer you bought the machine from you can deal directly with Whirlpool.
How to check your machine


Risk of death and severe harm from ingestion of super absorbent polymer gel granules

A warning alert has been issued around the risk of death and severe harm from ingestion of super absorbent polymer gel granules.

Super absorbent polymer gel granules are widely used in health and social care, typically as small sachets placed in urine and vomit bowls. On contact with liquid, the sachet opens and the granules almost instantaneously absorb, expand and solidify the liquid. This can protect patients’ bedding and clothing and reduce the risk of slips.

If the gel granules are put in the mouth they expand on contact with saliva risking airway obstruction. This has happened where patients have mistaken the sachets for sweets, or sugar or salt packets, but some incident reports also describe attempts of deliberate self-harm.

Healthcare providers are asked to review their overall approach to using these products.

Full details on the alert


Carbon Monoxide Awareness Reminder

Carbon Monoxide (CO) Awareness and the Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI) would like to remind everyone of the dangers of Carbon Monoxide poisoning.

The ‘silent killer’ as carbon monoxide (CO) is often known is odourless, colourless, tasteless and in high concentrations can be fatal in a matter of minutes.



Faulty defibrillator warning

People and organisations should check if they have the defibrillator models,

LIFEPAK CR Plus and LIFEPAK EXPRESS Automatic External Defibrillators (AED), because an electrical fault with some of them may not deliver an electric shock to the heart to someone who is in cardiac arrest.
Approximately 2,577 devices are defective.


Safety Warning

Benmor Medical (UK) Limited Field Safety Notice (FSN) 20-5-2016 Affected devices.

Aurum beds manufactured between June 2013 to May 2015 Product code BMPB065A and BMPB065AS
When the bed reaches its lowest point there is a potential for foot entrapment. We consider this a minimal risk due to the slow moving action of the bed and soft material of the cot side.

Benmor Medical – NCR0039