Dry cleaning company fined for failing to manage dangerous bacteria

A Stourbridge dry cleaning company has been fined after putting employees and members of the public at risk from Legionella bacteria.

Following a management audit and visit to the company’s site, Pride Cleaners has ceased training and pleaded guilty to breaching sections 2(1) and 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.

Legionella risk assessment

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecuted Pride Cleaners for failing to provide information or evidence as to how they were managing and monitoring a cooling tower which was an integral part of their dry cleaning process.

After the hearing Karl Raw a HSE inspector said:

“Legionnaires’ disease is a potentially fatal form of pneumonia, which can affect anyone coming into contact with it.

“It is vital that companies who use water cooling towers as part of their processes have plans in place to make sure the level of Legionella bacteria in their systems does not become unsafe.”