30 de jun de 2011

Legionella

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Legionella bug found at Silksworth ski slope The complex is being closed as "a precaution"
Sunderland's dry ski slope has been temporarily closed after the discovery of the legionella bug.
It was among higher than normal levels of bacteria found at the Silksworth Sports Complex during routine monitoring of its water system.
The bug can lead to Legionnaires' disease, a potentially fatal form of pneumonia.
Sunderland Council said the complex was being closed as a precaution and would reopen after remedial work.
It said in a statement: "Legionella bacteria are widely found in natural water sources, ponds, lakes etc and it is not unusual to find low levels in the water systems of buildings, particularly older buildings.
"Routine tests recently carried out at Silksworth Ski Complex showed an increase above accepted levels of bacteria including Legionella.
"The complex has been temporarily closed as a precautionary measure, and will reopen as soon as remedial work to restore the water supply to its normal levels is complete."

29 de jun de 2011

Saude: Inspeção-Geral abre processo de averiguações no caso da legionella no Hospital de Bragança (Portugal)

Bragança, 24 jun (Lusa) — A Inspeção-Geral de Saude (IGAS) abriu um processo de averiguações relativo aos casos de duas mortes por infeção pela bactéria da legionella na Unidade Hospitalar de Bragança (UHB), confirmou hoje à Lusa fonte ligada ao processo.
Por outro lado, a IGAS vai avaliar se foram tomadas todas as medidas de proteção, analisar a prova documental e efetuar perícias, além de pretender ser informada sobre o estado de saúde dos pacientes que foram afetados na UHB de Bragança, avançou hoje fonte hospitalar.
Contactado o gabinete de comunicação e imagem do Centro Hospitalar do Nordeste (CHNE), foi confirmado à agência Lusa que “a UHB tem estado em articulação desde o início do processo quer com a IGAS quer com a Direção-Geral da Saude e Delegação de Saúde Pública do Norte”.

RE 09 Qualidade do Ar de Interiores

Conforme a Portaria 3523, a resolução 09 refere-se as análises necessárias em ambiente climatizado. Estas análises, devem ser feitas por laboratório especializado e não por qualquer laboratório. Temos visto muitas análises que não representam a verdade e isso poderá ser um problema no futuro.

28 de jun de 2011

Quarry Bank firm slapped with £125,000 bill after Legionnaire's scare

A QUARRY Bank automotive parts firm has been hit with a bill for £125,000 after workers and members of the public were put at risk from the potentially fatal Legionnaire's disease.

Eaton Ltd failed to properly manage the water cooling systems used in the manufacturing processes at its Thorns Road plant.

The firm, which has a head office in Hampshire, admitted breaching health and safety regulations and was fined £80,000 plus £45,000 costs.

Judge Martin Walsh said: "Water towers, unless maintained and cleaned appropriately, have the potential for harbouring and cultivating the legionella bacteria."

Wolverhampton Crown Court was told that although no worker contracted any illness, the health of staff could have been put at risk.

The firm had employed Tamworth based Aegis Ltd to clean and maintain its three cooling towers but the work they carried out was not done to a high standard.

Aegis Ltd had been contracted to provide water treatment services but had failed significantly in their duties.

There was no comprehensive and up-to-date risk assessment and neither company had taken reasonable steps to control the potential spread of Legionella.

Aegis Ltd were found guilty after a trial in front of Judge Walsh in May and they were fined £40,000 and ordered to pay costs totalling £80,000.

After the case, HSE inspector Paul Billinger said: "It is vital that companies who used water cooling treatment as part of their manufacturing processess have plans in place to ensure the level of Legionella bacteria in their systems does not become unsafe.

"Legionnaire’s disease is a potentially fatal form of pneumonia which can affect anyone coming into contact with it. Neither Eaton Ltd or Aegis Ltd which was specifically contracted to manage the water system, took the Legionella risk seriously.

"They failed to deal with their own risk assessment and service agreement in respect of cleaning the system. These were persistent and systematic failures which put the health of people at risk."

Legionnaire's disease is caused by bacteria found naturally in rivers, lakes and reservoirs but it can multiply and become extremely dangerous in some purpose-built water systems.

25 de jun de 2011

ASHRAE Standard On Legionellosis Open For Comment

A proposed standard practice that specifies requirements to prevent legionellosis associated with building water systems is currently open for public review from ASHRAE. The ASHRAE Standard 188P, Prevention of Legionellosis Associated with Building Water Systems, is intended to address the “what” of controlling the spread of legionellosis. The standard helps facility managers/owners understand how to apply the available information on Legionella effectively in order to prevent cases of legionellosis associated with building water systems.

The bacterium Legionella can lead to a very serious form of pneumonia, referred to as Legionnaires’ disease, or Pontiac fever, which is a less severe form of the disease. There are many thousands of cases every year in the U.S. Essentially all cases of legionellosis are the result of exposure to Legionella associated with building water systems.

Read TFM‘s June 2011 coverage of Standard 188P in “The HVAC Factor” column here.

“We know how to analyze and control this hazard,” Bill McCoy, chair of the Standard 188P committee, said. “We need a standardized practice to specify for facility managers/owners exactly what to do in their facilities to control the hazard in a systematic and scientifically defensible way.”

Bill McCoy (Phigenics-USA), parceiro da SETRI Brasil e Colombia.

23 de jun de 2011

Legionella Novos Casos Hospital

3 cases of Legionella at MetroHealth Hospital
Posted: Jun 23, 2011 12:59 PM Updated: Jun 23, 2011 12:59 PM
CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) -
MetroHealth Hospital officials have confirmed three recent cases of legionella occurring in patients who were residents at the Elizabeth Severance Prentiss Center for Skilled Nursing. These patients were transferred to the main hospital for treatment; two have since been released.

MetroHealth immediately implemented precautionary measures, including switching to bottled water, suspending showers for residents, and sterilization of the building. The water supply will be sterilized using a chlorination method followed by installation of a system to insure that the legionella will remain under control.

Legionella is a bacteria that lives in the water supply. People get exposed to it through drinking or showering with this water. It is also transmitted through air conditioning units or other means of aerosolizing water. It is not transmitted from person to person.

Legionella causes a mild form of infection called Pontiac fever which includes headache, fever, and muscle aches. In the more severe form, patients develop pneumonia with high fever, chills, and cough. Legionella is generally treated with common antibiotics.

Copyright 2011 WOIO. All rights reserved.

22 de jun de 2011

Estudio da TV Record busca a certificação LEED

As empresas estão cada vez mais cuidando do planeta e tomando atitudes sustentáveis. A Record é uma destas empresas. Ela é a primeira emissora de TV do Brasil a receber a certificação de sustentabilidade chamada LEED, para aqueles que constroem prédios verdes. No Rio de Janeiro fica o RECNOV, onde são gravadas as novelas da Record, os novos estúdios que estão sendoconstruídos por lá é que vão receber o certificado LEED. Os prédios verdes são edificações nas quais foram aplicadas medidas e procedimentos na construção que aumentam a eficiência no uso dos recursos, reduzindo dos impactos sócio-ambientais.
http://www.ressoar.org.br/_videos.asp?idVideo=167

16 de jun de 2011

Nestlé Wins The Stockholm Industry Water Award

June 8, 2011
Nestlé has been named the winner of the Stockholm Industry Water Award for its leadership and performance to improve water management in its internal operations and throughout its supply chain.
The Award Committee also recognised Nestlé's work to improve the water management of its suppliers, which includes over 25 million people who are involved in its entire value chain. Nestlé employs 1,000 agronomists and water experts, who work directly with farmers to help them reduce their water requirements, increase crop yields, and minimise pollution. In 2009-2010, Nestlé provided expert training and technical support for 300,000 farmers and the company continues to collaborate with other food industry leaders to establish best practice and guidelines for sustainable water use at a farm level. Nestlé also has a leading role in the 2030 Water Resources Group.
Award Committee Member and Director of Water Projects at the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, Joppe Cramwinckel, said: "Through its unwavering commitment, Nestlé has established itself as a leader in smart water management and is deserving of this prestigious award. It is providing an example for other food producers and distributors to follow. With agriculture accounting for nearly 70% of global water use, and food demand expected to double by 2050, companies have an increasing responsibility to improve food chain resource efficiency."
The honourary award will be presented to the chairman of Nestlé SA, P. Brabeck-Letmathe, at a ceremony on August 24 during the 2011 World Water Week in Stockholm. When receiving the news, he said: "I am most grateful for this recognition. We have identified water as the biggest challenge for future food security, and beyond that, for economic growth. This is probably the most prestigious award in this area for a company – and it will be a strong encouragement for us to continue with our efforts."
Nestlé is the largest food and nutrition company in the world, employing around 280 000 people in over 100 countries. Over the past decade, Nestlé has reduced the total water withdrawals by over 30 percent, more than doubled the water efficiency of their internal operations and made significant reductions in the quantity of wastewater discharged into the environment.

14 de jun de 2011

Risk Assessment Legionella HACCP

A SETRI realiza desde 2008 avaliação de risco pelo método HACCP para a bactéria Legionella. Pioneiros neste processo, já utilizamos as normas que hoje passam a ser as mais utilizadas no mundo. A SETRI trabalha com seus CLIENTES em minimizar os riscos provenientes da Legionella.

Warwick IBM come clean

Published on Monday 13 June 2011 11:19
FOLLOWING a turbulent week at the Warwick IBM site, which was the centre of a Legionella scare, the water is now free from the bacteria.
From Thursday June 3 through to Wednesday June 8 all but the spine staff at the site were told to stay at home after traces of the dangerous Legionella bacteria, which can lead to Legionnaire’s Disease, were found in the water.
After a week of tests and collaboration with environmental health experts staff were allowed back on to the site.
An IBM spokesman said today: “The landlord and managing agents for the Warwick site have completed the remedial actions needed to the water supply system.
“We have received confirmation from Warwick District Council Environmental Health Department that the location is able to re open fully. Client service throughout has been uninterrupted.”
It is still not known how or why the bacteria came to get to dangerous levels in the water, although nobody is believed to have become infected.

12 de jun de 2011

O MAL DOS LEGIONÁRIOS

O recente livro da Dra Mirian Conçalves Dilguerian. O mal dos Legionários é da Editora Juarez de Oliveira. Vale a pena ter um exemplar. O tema é tratado com muita propriedade.

10 de jun de 2011

Travel alert on Bali after Legionnaires outbreak


By Nathan Mawby From:Herald Sun June 10, 201111:40PM

AUSTRALIANS are being warned about travelling in Bali after a number of recent cases of Legionnaires disease.
The new alert comes after a number of Australian’s were diagnosed with the disease after travelling to Bali before August last year.
The SmartTraveller website has tonight issued the alert and warned: Australian health authorities have detected a small number of cases of Legionnaires’ disease (Legionella pneumophila) amongst travellers recently returned from the Kuta region of Bali.
The Indonesian Environmental Health Department is investigating, but Australians in Bali and those who have recently returned are advised to monitor themselves for flu-like symptoms including fever and coughs.
If they do suffer these symptoms they are advised to visit their doctor or a hospital emergency department and advise them of travelling to Bali.
The potentially lethal form of pneumonia is brought on be the Legionella bacteria and is often linked to air-conditioning systems.
It is usually transferred in water droplets in the air coming from air-conditioners, spas and misting sprays.
In January this year Victoria’s Chief Health Officer released an alert after four Victorian’s were diagnosed.

9 de jun de 2011

Sindrome do Edifício doente e o Mal dos Legionarios

( Marcos d´Avila Bensoussan, Dra Mirian Gonçalves Dilguerian e Fernando Henrique Fonseca)
A Dra Mirian Gonçalves Dilguerian (Procuradora do Estado de São Paulo), publicou dois importantes livros. O primeiro foi " Síndrome do Edifício Doente ", onde ela relata toda a questão da responsabilidade Civil da Municipalidade diante do Estatuto da Cidade.
Recentemente, a Dra Mirian lançou outro livro, que tem como tema " O Mal dos Legionários, diálogo entre o direito ambiental e o direito sanitário". Este livro traz muitas informações importantes sobre a questão da bactéria Legionella e sem dúvida nos apresenta uma visão bem importante sobre as responsabilidades.
A SETRI, participou de uma reunião com a Dra Mirian, com o objetivo de levar nosso apoio a esta publicação e discutir o tema Legionella no Brasil.

6 de jun de 2011

Legionella at IBM Warwick keeps staff off work


BBC News 6 June 2011 Last updated at 15:02 GMT

Legionella bacteria have been found in the water (picture)

Staff at computer giant IBM have remained at home after traces of legionella were discovered last week.

Workers went home on Thursday after traces of the bacterium, which can lead to Legionnaires' disease, were found at IBM's Opus 40 site in Warwick.

The decontamination process began on Friday when tests took place and the results may be known by the end of this week, Warwick District Council said.

There have been no reports of illness after bacteria was found in water.

Staff would not be returning to the site until the system has been fully decontaminated, the council said.

A spokeswoman added when there is confirmation of decontamination, a council team would go in and carry out tests.

A spokesman for IBM said: "In accordance with guidance from local environmental health authorities, IBM has temporarily reduced staffing levels at its Warwick site.

"Client service remains unaffected. Remedial actions in place are being undertaken by the site landlord and the managing agents."

In a statement, the council has said the environmental health department would continue to liaise with companies involved, and with other public health agencies, "to ensure that effective remedial measures are implemented".

Tratamento de Água - História (1977)


Em 1977, realizamos o primeiro curso de Extensão Universitária no Mackenzie sob o título " Tratamento de Águas Industriais". Este curso foi realmente o primeiro realizado no Brasil em uma grande Universidade. Participaram o Luis Degani, Pedro Américo. Durante este curso, que era ministrado aos sábados, muitas novidades foram apresentadas e o número de alunos foi elevado para a época. Este material eu recebi de um grande amigo após 33 anos. O Reinaldo Saito que participou do curso, manteve a apostila até hoje. Foi um enorme presente que ele me proporcionou. Na época era tdo mto diferente do que temos hoje, mas sem dúvida foi lá que aprendemos o que sabemos hoje.

4 de jun de 2011

Qualidade do Ar de Interiores - Sistemas Climatizados

Hoje o Brasil tem uma Portaria 3523 e a resolução RE09, que regulamenta a questão da Qualidade do Ar em sistemas Climatizados. Além destes documentos, hoje já temos a ABNT tratando do tema, o que coloca todo o processo em um caminho mais adequado. Só lamento que este processo não é seguido pela maioria. Quem sabe com maior conhecimento e divulgação, não só os responsáveis técnicos realizem o que tem que ser feito, mas os ocupantes de áreas Climatizadas busquem informações sobre o que estão fazendo com a sua respectiva saúde.

3 de jun de 2011

“Disgusting” Wishaw Sports Centre slated prior to Legionella outbreak


Jun 1 2011 by Euan McLelland, Wishaw Press
A WISHAW Sports Centre user slammed conditions inside its health suite as “disgusting” only two months ago.
Now the Legionella bug has been found in a different part of the facility, forcing leisure bosses to close the doors to the public last week.
Photographs submitted to the Wishaw Press by one concerned gym member had previously shown dirty shower heads, exposed electrical cables and a jacuzzi full of sludge, all taken in one visit to the centre.
In slating the cleanliness of the facilities inside Wishaw’s premier sports venue, the same disgruntled whistleblower even talked about a lesson in the dangers of Legionnaires’ Disease given to him by a member of the centre’s staff.
The man told the Wishaw Press: “The standards of general cleanliness and housekeeping at the facility are appalling. A lot of members – who pay a substantial amount of money each month to use the place – are extremely unhappy.
“There are missing and broken ceiling tiles, exposed cables and filthy vents.
“In addition, the shower head I photographed is disgusting. Who would want to stand under that? Goodness knows what would be raining down on you.
“In fact, when I was speaking to a member of staff once about hygiene he lectured me on the importance of cleanliness and the dangers of Legionnaires’ Disease! Talk about irony – you couldn’t make it up.”
The discovery of Legionella – in the dry area changing facilities away from the health suite – is now the latest health shock for the centre, a host venue for this year’s International Children’s Games.
A year ago, members were left hot under the collar after the air conditioning broke and was out of use for a number of weeks.

IBM Warwick: legionella traces found in water supply

2 June 2011 Last updated at 13:55 GMT
Staff at a Warwickshire IT company have been sent home over concerns that its water supply is contaminated.

Traces of legionella bacteria, which can lead to Legionnaire's disease, have been found at IBM's Opus 40 site in Birmingham Road, Warwick.
A spokeswoman for Warwick District Council said so far there were no reports of anyone being ill.
She added samples were currently being tested to establish the levels of legionella bacteria at the site.
A site manager reported the discovery on Wednesday and all staff were sent home on Thursday morning as a precaution.
Legionnaires' disease is an uncommon form of pneumonia caused by the legionella bacterium.
A spokesman for the council's environmental health team said legionella bacteria were common and can be found naturally in environmental water sources and any water supply.

2 de jun de 2011

SETRI e Phigenics ( ASHRAE 188)

A SETRI Brasil e SETRI Colombia estiveram no dia 15/11/2010 em reunião com o Dr McCoy, um dos maiores especialista de Legionella nos Estados Unidos. A reunião foi nos escritórios da Phigenics (empresa do Dr McCoy em Naperville, Illinois). O tema da reunião foi sobre o novo standard da ASHRAE (188), sobre prevenção da legionella. Dr McCoy é membro do grupo da ASHRAE. Nossa participação foi dar opiniões sobre o tema (estava em consulta pública), relacionado com o uso do processo HACCP na America Latina. Este processo já é utilizado pela SETRI desde 2008. Foi muito interessante a reunião e poder rever nossos amigos da Phigenics, a qual a SETRI possui um acordo técnico para o Brasil e Colombia.

Nesta semana, a Phigenics, parceira da SETRI Brasil e Colombia, publicou alguns comentários sobre a revisão final da ASHRAE 188.


Naperville, IL - ASHRAE Standard 188P - Prevention of Legionellosis Associated with Building Water Systems was unanimously approved for public review and publication in June 2010. The first public review of Standard 188P was completed in November 2010; there were many supportive comments from industry groups, professional people and from the general public. Already in response to this successful public review, major healthcare organizations have started to comply with the specifications in ASHRAE Standard 188P because final approval and publication is very likely and because the specifications are so practical and effective. The Standard specifies exactly what is required in order to prevent legionellosis associated with building water systems.

It has been estimated that the number of buildings in the United States covered by Standard 188P is 5 million buildings and that the cost to implement the Standard is at least several billion dollars. For Standards of this magnitude and scope, two and even more public reviews are often necessary. The second 45-day public review is expected to begin in 2Q 2011. The goal at ASHRAE is to complete the next 45-day public review, respond to all comments and move the Standard to publication before the end of 2011.

Other cost estimates associated with legionellosis in the US have been recently published: The CDC estimates that the average direct healthcare cost of each legionellosis case in the US is about $34,000 and hospitalization costs alone are several hundred million dollars annually. For every dollar of direct healthcare costs, about $12 are lost due to missed work, lower productivity, disability payments and associated costs. Therefore, the annual overall dollar cost to the US economy of the estimated 18,000 cases of legionellosis in the US is at least several billion dollars. Of course, dollar costs are but a fraction of the total real losses which can only be measured in terms of human suffering.

Phigenics is a water management company that partners with facility owners and suppliers to improve the efficiency, effectiveness and overall safety of all water systems.

GBCB - LEED


A Moma Propaganda criou uma nova campanha para a Green Building Council Brasil. Os anúncios mostram uma linha do tempo comparativa entre as “construções” feitas por animais – ninhos, formigueiros e colmeias – e as pelo homem.

As peças trazem o questionamento: “Por que só as nossas construções destróem cada vez mais?”.

A campanha convida o leitor a optar por construções ambientalmente corretas.

Ficha Técnica:

Agência: Moma Propaganda
Cliente: GBC Brasil
Título: Construções
Direção de Criação: Rodolfo Sampaio
Criação: Adriano Matos e Marco Martins
Ilustração: Sattu
Art buyer: Silvio Ferreira
Produção gráfica: José Jekl
Mídia: Silviane Ramos
Atendimento: Izabella Vilaça, Tomaz Espírito Santo, Luciana Linhares
Aprovação / Cliente: Thassanee Wanick / Maria Clara Coracini