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Here you will be to see our latest news including information we at Houseman feel is important you should know about.

 

Local authority sentenced after member of public contracts Legionnaires’ Disease

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Three Dead in Legionella outbreak near Milan

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BUPA fined £3m after death of elderly resident

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Boldon Legionnaires' outbreak firm Faltec Europe fined £1.6m - BBC News

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Disneyland shuts down cooling towers after Legionnaires' cases

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Woman Dies at a Ludlow Hotel after contracting Legionnaires Disease

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Gardener killed by toxic bacteria
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Taking showers 'can make you ill'

Showering may be bad for your health, say US scientists, who have shown that dirty shower heads can deliver a face full of harmful bacteria. Tests revealed nearly a third of devices harbour significant levels of a bug that causes lung disease. Levels of Mycobacterium avium were 100 times higher than those found in typical household water supplies. M. avium forms a biofilm that clings to the inside of the shower head, reports the National Academy of Science.

"If you are getting a face full of water when you first turn your shower on, that means you are probably getting a particularly high load of Mycobacterium avium, which may not be too healthy." Researcher Professor Norman Pace

In the Proceedings journal, the study authors say their findings might explain why there have been more cases of these lung infections in recent years, linked with people tending to take more showers and fewer baths. Water spurting from shower heads can distribute bacteria-filled droplets that suspend themselves in the air and can easily be inhaled into the deepest parts of the lungs, say the scientists from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Potential threat

Lead researcher Professor Norman Pace, said: "If you are getting a face full of water when you first turn your shower on, that means you are probably getting a particularly high load of Mycobacterium avium, which may not be too healthy."

While it is rarely a problem for most healthy people, those with weakened immune systems, like the elderly, pregnant women or those who are fighting off other diseases, can be susceptible to infection. They may develop lung infection with M. avium and experience symptoms including tiredness, a persistent, dry cough, shortness of breath and weakness, and generally feel unwell.

 

Legionella bacteria found at Walton-on-the-Naze Lifestyles centre

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Company fined £1.8 million for not protecting workers

 

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Coatings firm in court for legionella failings click title for story

 

Veteran Geoffrey Platts dies from legionella bacteria in water tank at St Clement's Court in Herne Bay

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Horrific result of taking a shower in dirty water on holiday

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Council sentenced after legionella death at care home

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Houseman Achieve more Accreditations

April 2014 - We are pleased to annouce that we have now achieved:

ISO 9001-2008 -  an extract from the assessor's report - This is a very well managed company with comprehensive controls in place. The process is totally electronic and integrates seamlessly from office to field technicians. There is a comprehensive database and the training records methods of working and records are exemplary and a credit to the organisation. They are by far one of the most comprehensively documented companies I have seen for its size and the whole system works effectively. I have no hesitation in recommending certification

exor Gold -  

Houseman is pleased to announce that they have successfully achieved exor accreditation, demonstrating their ability to meet the rigorous pre-qualification requirements within the private and public sectors. The exor accreditation scheme assesses, reviews and audits suppliers’ procedures and documentation; suppliers can then be included on a database which demonstrates they have met the highest standards in the market place in procurement risk management.


Dartford Council Bathrooms refurbishments 

April 2014 - Houseman have been contracted by Dartford Council to undetake refurbishment of a large number bathrooms of properties controlled by the council.