The management and control of this disease is an important consideration for hotel managers and health coordinators because the lack of safety measures can result to a higher and faster spread in the general population. This paper shall discuss what an organization, which is concerned with the adequacy of preparations in the prevention of Legionella, can do in order to prevent its outbreak. This report shall identify and assess the risk exposure to Legionella bacteria from work activities and water systems in the workplace. It shall also propose a writing scheme for controlling the risk from exposure to Legionella bacteria and make recommendations for any required improvements in the organization. It shall also include an action plan for the implementation of recommendations. This paper is being prepared by the organization’s Health, Safety, and Environmental Advisor in response to the senior management’s worries that all reasonably practicable and foreseeable precautions against an outbreak of Legionella may not be in place at the London five stars Ribly Hotel.
The Ribly hotel is a 200 hundred bed hotel in central London and employs over 100 personnel, both full and part time. Some employees and guests are more susceptible to Legionella by the simple fact that they frequently either come into contact with the water spray/mists or because they have a weak immune system. Some of them are smokers and drink alcohol for socialization purposes – sometimes until they are over the legal limit for alcohol intake. Three of them are diabetics. Most of the guests in the hotel use the spas, pools, and are exposed to the spray mists of the lobby fountain. About 35-40% of our hotel guests are smokers and some do take in alcohol during their stay. Some of them are also diabetics or are afflicted with cancer or kidney disease. These qualities make hotel staff and guests vulnerable to Legionella.
Legionella or Legionnaires’