Date and Time

Wed 23 May 2018

09:30 – 16:00 

Venue: St Pierre Park Hotel, Spa and Golf Resort

Control of Legionella Bacteria in Water Systems (Guernsey) – CIBSE Training

To book:

Why Water Safety Compliance Matters

Legionella and regulatory compliance in premises is essential and must be managed correctly. Whilst there are important moral and legal reasons not to mention financial implications to ensuring the right measures are in place, estate professionals know only too well the reputational damage if an incident were to make the news.

Estate/Building owners have clearly defined obligations that must be fulfilled if they are to remain compliant with law surrounding the control of legionella on premises. However, legionella management is an area that requires an understanding or knowledge of statutory documents, guidance, water systems and building management.

The Training

This event aims to inform and create an understanding of Legionella bacteria as well as the responsibilities that are entrusted to responsible persons. Not only this, but the seminar will cover real case studies and cover the legal fall out in more detail to share experience of what can happen when things go wrong so others can learn from the valuable examples provided.

SMS Environmental, a national provider and recognised water hygiene consultant, are sponsoring the training event following their increasing presence on the island.

Who Would Be Interested?

This free training seminar is aimed at duty holders and appointed persons responsible for your building. Delegates will most likely be either:

  • Senior management
  • Health & Safety managers
  • Bursars
  • Site engineers
  • Facilities managers and Estate managers

Training will fulfil the requirement for those responsible to have introductory knowledge on the main aspects of legionella and Legionnaires’ disease, and to understand their role or can equally be used as a refresher to previous training that may have been undertaken.

The full day is complimentary and includes free use of facilities up until 5pm. A drinks reception hosted by SMS Environmental will follow the scheduled event.


*Subject to change

09.30 – 10.00 Registration and Reception – Tea/Coffee & Pastries

10.00 – 10.10 Introduction to the Aims of Event

10.10 – 11.40 Legionella Awareness – SMS Environmental

11.40 – 11.55 Tea/Coffee Break

11.55 – 12.45 Compliance & Conviction. The Impact of Company Culture on Sentencing Outcomes. Paul McDermott PHD

12.45 – 13.15 Legionella, the Case for Compliance. A guide to good record keeping and maintaining an effective audit trial – SMS Environmental

13.15 – 13.55 Lunch – Hot and Cold Buffet

13.55 – 14.55 Where is the Risk? Waterborne Pathogens in the Healthcare Setting – Dr Mike Weinbren, Director of Infection Prevention & Control, Consultant Microbiologist UHCW NHS

14.55 – 15.10 Tea/Coffee Break

15.10 – 15.40 Navigating Risk in a Shifting Landscape (A Case Study) Legionella Awareness. – SMS Environmental

15.40 – 16.00 Q&A/Break Out Discussions – All speakers

16.00 – Close, Drinks Reception

About the Contributors

Dr Paul McDermott FRSPH, FIHEEM

Paul previously worked as a Specialist Inspector in the Health and Safety Executive’s Biological Agents Unit. In his role as a regulator, much of Paul’s time was spent working in the field of occupational Legionella risk control.

Paul was an active member of HSE’s Legionella Committee and its Legionella Technical Working Group and has facilitated the development and delivery of past and current HSE intervention strategies for the control of Legionella risks in workplaces, contributing to the production of numerous Legionella-related guidance documents. These guidance documents have included:

  • BS 8580:2010 – Water quality. Risk assessments for Legionella control. Code of practice
  • CIBSE’s TM13- Minimising the Risk of Legionnaires’ Disease
  • The HSE’s revised Approved Code of Practice, L8 (4th edition) – Legionnaires’ disease. The control of legionella bacteria in water systems
  • The HSE’s revised guidance document, HSG274 – Legionnaires’ disease: Technical guidance

Dr Mike Weinbren, Consultant Microbiologist and infection Control doctor at Chesterfield Royal Hospital.
Previously Director of Infection Prevention and Control at University Hospitals of Coventry and Warwickshire 2004-2013 during which they had the largest PFI build. This stimulated his interest in hospital design and the links to infection control especially with water / waste systems.

John Sandford MSc Dip Nebosh, Health and Safety Director, SMS Environmental Ltd
John has over 25 years practical and research experience in the field of water treatment and control with specific expertise in application of the HSE’s ACoP L8 and NHS Estates Health Guidance HTM 04/01 and is a regular speaker at the Health Care Estates Conference as well as other associated water and wastewater management events. He acts as a AE and consultant for health care trusts, county councils, universities, government departments and housing associations as well as acting as a workplace supervisor for MSc thesis at Cranfield University.