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Essential information at new-look Legionella conference

A wealth of presentations from expert speakers, new topics, question and answer sessions and networking will be included in this year’s Combating Legionella & Water Treatment Conference.

With six new speakers confirmed for the first day of this year’s Combating Legionella & Water Treatment Conference, the event is set to deliver another highly focused forum for estate and facilities managers.

In-depth presentations will provide the latest updates and thinking surrounding current and emerging topics, keeping delegates up to date with all the latest developments.

Included in these are presentations from Health and Safety Executive principal specialist inspector John Newbold on Approved Code of Practice (ACoP) L8 and HSG174, followed by his colleague and senior policy adviser Lorraine Medcalf, who will clarify landlord obligations within the residential sector.

With actions and discussion continuing from the 2012 Legionella outbreak in Edinburgh, another highly relevant presentation – and one of several new additions to the content – will be provided by City of Edinburgh Council scientific and environmental services manager Robbie Beattie.

Following various concerns raised over the safe operation of cooling towers, this topic will be addressed by Focus FM board director Neil Johnston in a detailed case study.

Another notable development for the conference is its increasing recognition on the international stage, including speakers, exhibitors and delegates.

Proof of this can be seen from the event’s opening presentation from Brazil’s SETRI Consultoria em Sustentabilidade technical director Fernando Henrique Bensoussan, who will speak about minimising the risk of legionella infection.

These presentations will be complemented by numerous others delivered by experts involved in site management of locations across all areas of the UK, includ-ing nursing homes, NHS hospitals and both residential and commercial settings.

Yet more new content will be included in the second day of the event, with presentations looking at both the UK and othercountries.

Department of environmental health technical officer Raquel Esaguy Rodrigues from the National Institute of Health Doutor Ricardo Jorge will speak about the lessons learned from a legionella outbreak in Portugal that affected hundreds of people and killed 11.

Following this, PathCon Laboratories president and chief executive Brian G Shelton will speak about the recent New York outbreaks of legionella and the implications for the global water management industry.

Another feature of this year’s conference will include the return of the highly popular working groups sessions, all of which will be chaired by experts and include feedback on the discussions in the final of session of the day.

Delegates will be able to claim their CPD certificates at the end of the event, with this year’s conference qualifying for 11 hours.

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