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Paul Sear

Paul Sear is a technical manager at ESG and has responsibility for providing consultancy services for clients, including risk assessments, training, auditing and writing policies and procedures. His role involves providing technical support to ESG employees engaged in undertaking legionella and water hygiene tasks to the requirements of all HSE Guidance and Statutory Regulations. Paul has many years of experience, working to BSi and ISO standards. His expert knowledge of ACoP L8, HSG274, HTM04-01, BS8580 and other legionella management, legal and best practice guidance, ensures he provides you with the best advice. He is also a member of the Water Management Society and has a BSc(Hons) in Environmental Science.

Recent Posts

History of Legionella

Posted by Paul Sear on 29-Sep-2017 15:26:15

With 496 UK cases reported in 2016, Legionnaires’ disease continues to be a major health concern in the UK. Caused by the inhalation of Legionella bacteria which can be present in a diverse range of water systems, Legionnaires’ disease is a potentially fatal form of pneumonia that was first discovered after an outbreak in 1976.

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Topics: Reducing Risks, Legionella, Water, Water Systems, Water Management, Risk Management

Legionella Control in the Rail Industry: Keeping Risk Management on Track

Posted by Paul Sear on 30-Jun-2016 16:30:00

With 485 cases reported in 2015, Legionnaires’ disease continues to be a major health concern in the UK. Paul Sear, national technical manager, water hygiene, Environment & Safety Services, gives his advice on controlling the risks of legionella in the rail industry.

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Topics: Rail, Legionella

Who is Responsible for Managing Your Water Systems?

Posted by Paul Sear on 12-Feb-2016 10:42:57

Legionella bacteria are common in nature and can easily colonise and proliferate in man-made environments such as hot and cold water systems, but how do you manage this risk? Paul Sear, water hygiene technical manager, Built Environment Services, SOCOTEC, explains the importance of training.

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Topics: Reducing Risks, Legionella, Water, Water Systems, Water Management, Risk Management

Keeping your Water Systems Safe by Reducing Legionella Risk

Posted by Paul Sear on 07-Aug-2015 14:37:00
Summer is upon us, bringing with it sunshine and warmer weather. While the heat might be very welcome for those of us who like to spend more time outdoors, it does also create the right conditions for bacteria, like Legionella, to thrive.
 
 
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Topics: Built Environment Services, Legionella, Water, Water Systems, Water Management

Better L8 than never...Revision to Legionella Control in Water Systems

Posted by Paul Sear on 17-Jul-2015 14:04:00
After more than 13 years, The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has finally updated its guidance for legionella management and control, with the revision of ‘Legionnaires’ disease: The control of legionella bacteria in water system Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) L8’ and publication of the new ‘Technical Guidance HSG 274’. In our latest blog, Paul Sear, technical manager at SOCOTEC discusses the changes and explains what organisations need to know.
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Topics: Built Environment Services, Legionella, Water, Water Systems, Water Management