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 IndustryNews Flood facility trains over 250 peoplewithin fourmonths

The ISS Facility Services fire and flood training house has trained 289 people within four months of opening. The UK’s extensive floods in early 2014 allowed ISS to demonstrate the positive impact of the new facility with its response to flood damage restoration throughout the UK. The three roombungalow

training house is part of a £250,000 innovation pro- gramme to develop and im- plement themost up-to-date training and restoration tech- niques. Constructed inside the ISS Restoration training centre inMansfield, one of the bungalow's three rooms is designated specifically for

flooding impact to floors, walls and cavities. The re- maining rooms deal with odours and smoke damage. Managing director of ISS

Restoration, Phil Else, said: "During the floods at the start of the year we were able to respond quickly and effec-

tively to our clients’ needs. Wemust remember that al- though the flood water has receded, thousands of people and their property remain af- fected. The training house has proved its worth, giving our people a head start in property restoration.”

In addition to the training

house, ISS is initiatingmore innovation. RIVAS, a national flooring and furniture serv- ice, has been introduced to improve restoration rates for carpet and furniture damage, saving insurers and home- owners the cost of replace- ment items wherever economically viable. This fol- lows the introduction of SpectrumOn Site (SOS), an innovative solution to Rain- bow’s claimsmanagement process. SOS uses iPad tech- nology to report all restora- tion processes on site, in real time. This provides a high level of efficiency, trans- parency and corporate gover-

Inteb calls for tighter Legionella regulation

Low energy, sustainability and commercial property compliance consultancy, Inteb, is calling for Le- gionella testing to bemade compulsory, as the fight against the bacteria hots up. Inteb says the possiblemu-

tation of the Legionella bac- teria that has been noted, which allows it to survive at temperatures up to 61 de- grees C, is one reason to tighten up the law. It adds that the temptation for or- ganisations to lower the tem- peratures at which they are heating water, to save elec- tricity, is another reason to introduce tighter regulation. The engineering sector is

one that needs to be aware of the risk presented by Le- gionella. Under current HSE legislation, organisations need to assess the risk they face fromLegionella bacteria

and control exposure to it. They also need to consider if staff, customers or resi- dents are at risk, taking into account higher risk groups such as over 45s and those with illness, infirmity and weakened immune sys- tems. If the organisation deems the risk insignificant, they need take no further ac- tion. Inteb believes evaluation of

risk should be taken out of the hands of untrained prop- erty owners,managers and employees. There are al- ready around 9000 reported Legionella cases in the UK each year. Around 12%of these people die, with statis- tics rising to around half of the elderly and infirm. Additionally, Dr TomMakin,

co-author of HSE and De- partment of Health advisory publications, believes 90%of

UK Legionnaires’ cases go unreported, thanks to poor diagnosis. Inteb’s call for tighter con-

trols is one that has also beenmade by TV doctor, Dr Hilary Jones. That followed the discovery ofmutations in the disease and a new re- sistance to the biocides sup- posed to prevent it developing. Incidents in the UK during

the last decade have in- cluded an outbreak in Bar- row-in-Furness in 2002, which killed seven people when a contaminated cool- ing tower spread the dis- ease. Another cooling tower outbreak occurred in South Wales in 2010 and one in Ed- inburgh in 2012 led to 50 confirmed and 49 suspected cases of Legionella infection. In Stoke-on-Trent in 2012,

a hot tub was the source of bacteria that claimed one life and led to 19 cases, while Pontins in Blackpool was prosecuted for Legionella that emanated fromshower heads and sludge left sitting in a tank. While deaths and cases in

these instances were down to insufficientmaintenance, Basildon Hospital was fined £275,000 in fines and legal costs when two deaths oc- curred as a result of budget cuts which lead to insuffi- cient cleaning of shower heads and thermostatic valves. Inteb’s complianceman-

ager, Amy Field, said: “It is time for key decisions on Le- gionella testing and preven- tion to be taken out of the hands of property owners andmanagers.Monitoring of water systems in care

Cleaning power of copper further endorsed

As anNHSwatchdog advises moremust be done to prevent the spread of healthcare-as- sociated infections, twoNorth American organisations have included antimicrobial copper on their horizon-scanning ‘top 10 technologies’watch lists for 2014, recognising the ever-growing body of evi- dence supporting copper’s role in infection prevention and control. ECRI Institute - a world-

leader in researching the best approaches to patient care - included antimicrobial copper in its ‘Top 10 hospital C-suite watch list 2014’, tar- geting senior decision-mak- ers within healthcare systems, providing themwith summaries of emerging technologies that can help

improve capital planning ef- forts throughout the year. Similarly, the Canadian

Network for Environmental Scanning in Health (CNESH) - leaders in healthcare hori- zon scanning - features cop- per in its ‘Top 10 new and emerging health technology watch list: 2014’. Clinical trials have shown

that replacing frequently- touched surfaces in the healthcare environment with antimicrobial copper - ie copper and copper alloys that benefit fromthemetal’s inherent antimicrobial prop- erties - helps to reducemi- crobial contamination and can reduce incidences of healthcare-associated infec- tions. The ECRI report notes: ‘An-

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timicrobial copper touch sur- faces can be incorporated into a wide variety of compo- nents... Copper’s antimicro- bial properties remain in effect for the product’s life- time and do not rely on coat- ings or impregnated surfaces that can wear off or wash away.’ More than 5000 healthcare

organisations worldwide rely on ECRI Institute's expertise in patient safety improve- ment, and in 1987 theWorld Health Organisation granted ECRI Institute the status of Collaborating Centre for Technology Assessment in recognition of its contribu- tion and capabilities. CNESH’s top 10 states:

‘Touch surfacesmade of an- timicrobial copper and cop-

per alloy (brasses and bronzes) appear to be a promising alternative that may improve the prevention and control of infection and, therefore, offer safer health- care environments for pa- tients.When incorporated on surface areas such as bedrails, handrails, door handles, work surfaces, in- travenous poles, and wash- roomcomponents, the natural antimicrobial proper- ties of copper would reduce bacterial contamination, transmission, and rates of infection.’ Coinciding with this recog-

nition of antimicrobial cop- per’s contribution to infection prevention - at a time when the National Insti- tute for Health and Care Ex-

nance to enhance the cus- tomer experience, promote business efficiency, trust, and reduce the duration of property claims. SOS has added value in

many areas and provides a major reduction in drying times, administration, paper- work trails and audit rejec- tions. The ‘17 steps of restoration’ has also been developed alongside SOS to promote consistency to the customer. Rainbow trains every technician to performa ‘17 step process’, guarantee- ing that every job is per- formed with a consistent technical approach.

homes, hotels, schools and other establishments in this country has been described as ‘shoddy’ and withmuta- tions in the bacteria now oc- curring, it is essential that more is done to control out- breaks. Until there is legis- lation in place that demands that property owners have professional and frequent water systemtesting, it is likely that we will see the number of incidents in- creasing andmore fatalities fromLegionnaires disease.” Legionella testing should

be carried out on hot and cold water systems, spa pools, cooling towers and dental systems and is a particular concern for health and social care es- tablishments, hotels, leisure and retail com- plexes, schools and halls of residence, prisons, vehicle washes,managed offices andmanufacturing and en- gineering plants.

cellence notes HCAI rates are still unacceptably high - the UK’s ‘epic3: National Evi- dence-Based Guidelines for Preventing Healthcare-Asso- ciated Infections in NHS Hospitals in England’ also includes copper, following a recent review of published research commissioned by the Department of Health. Studies reporting significant reductions inmicrobial bur- den of between 80%and 90% on high-touch surfaces made fromcopper alloys are described under ‘emerging technologies’. The supply chain is sup-

porting the rising demand for antimicrobial copper products with an ever-grow- ing range of durable, cost- effective and efficacious products. www.

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