Integrated safety, health & environmental management

Ishem Integrated safety, health and environmental management

ISHEM is a multi-disciplinary consultant to the built and natural environment, providing a comprehensive and co-ordinated range of high quality monitoring, assessment, analytical, environmental, engineering, surveying and management services to a diverse range of clients in the public and private sectors.

Leonardo De Vinci Programme

Nov 2011

ISHEM is welcoming a French Student

Since September ISHEM has welcomed a French Student who is experiencing life in England thanks to the Leonardo Da Vinci European Programme.
She will stay with ISHEM until December hoping to improve her working and language skills by assisting consultants with monitoring on Water Management Control.
This I am sure this is the best way to share experiences and knowledge in Safety, Health and Environment in two different European Countries.

Dubai Legionnaires Disease Control

Nov 2011

ISHEM offers Legionnaires Disease control seminars in Dubai, UAE

Following the media coverage of the cases of Legionnaires’ disease in Dubai in 2009 and 2011, ISHEM Consulting is offering half-day seminars in Dubai on practical methods for controlling and minimising the risks of Legionnaires’ disease in a hotel setting.

The seminars are scheduled for 5th and 6th December 2011

This seminar includes an introduction to the control of Legionnaires’ disease, concentrating on situations typical to the UAE and looking at recent experiences from outbreaks of Legionnaires disease internationally.
The topics covered will be:

• Know the nature, symptoms and causes of legionellosis
• Know the factors affecting the survival, growth and spread of legionella
• Understand the principles of risk assessment and control of Legionella in building water systems
• Appreciate the importance and need for accurate record keeping and competent service providers

The seminar is designed to assist managers and maintenance supervisors in understanding the root causes of Legionnaires’ disease and how to manage the systems commonly found in the UAE

A hotel in Dubai was implicated in an outbreak of LD in January 2009. One person died. The hotel is currently being sued in New York for US$16.7million US-$167-million-Legionella-Lawsuit

Legionnella bacteria are present in the environment in Dubai. 80 out of 100 samples tested in Dubai were positive for the bacteria that causes LD.

The new Green Building Regulation and Specifications will also create additional challenges for the reduction of the risk of Legionnaires’ disease in Dubai.

Dubai Municipality Public Health Department and Head of Food Control Section made a Public Statement January 28th 2005:

Local Order No. 11 (Law) "…obliges landlords, tenants and whoever occupies a structure to ensure the cleanliness and maintenance of water tanks and all pipe networks that distribute water throughout the structure"

Dubai Municipality have recently reissued a directive that states everyone is responsible. This is your opportunity to have the problem addressed.

IOSH Presentation

Feb 2011

Bill Thomas gave a presentation to a meeting of Chiltern Branch of the Institution of Occupational Hygiene and Safety (IOSH) in February 2011.

The presentation was on recent developments in legionnaires' Disease and the new British Standard BS8580. Bill represented CIWEM on the committee who prepared BS8580 on Legionella risk assessment. The meeting was well attended and a copy of the presentation is available to IOSH members via a link from the IOSH website,

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