Royal Society for Public Health to host conference on avoiding outbreaks

14th of January 2015
Royal Society for Public Health to host conference on avoiding outbreaks

The Royal Society for Public Health in the UK is to host a conference next month entitled Avoiding Outbreaks: Maintaining Standards for Holidaymakers. The event takes place from February 12-13 in London.

When travelling abroad, holidaymakers depend on the leisure industry to ensure that food they eat and the water they drink is safe. By maintaining defined health and safety standards, public health professionals can anticipate and prevent major outbreaks among holidaymakers. Good management systems need to be in place to prevent problems caused by a variety of potential pathogens.

The conference will cover the pathogens of most potential risk; the situations and systems which pose the highest risks; the legal consequences; the risk assessment process; the means of managing the risks by implementing good health and safety practices and appropriate control measures to enable consumers to have an enjoyable, healthy and stress free experience. Lessons learned from outbreak investigations and litigation following outbreaks will be discussed by leading international experts in their field.

Speakers Day 1

Keeping waterborne pathogens at bay-the water safety plan approach.
Dr Susanne Surman-Lee, Consultant Clinical Scientist and Director, Leegionella Ltd.

What are the hot spots-an overview of the epidemiology of food and waterborne outbreaks.
Dr Birgitta de Jong, ECDC Sweden

Risk assessment of water systems in ships and hotels-the art and science of seeing what others don't.
Dr Sebastian Crespi, Policlinica Miramar, Majorca

Kitchen horrors-how to prevent food borne illness.
Professor Lisa Ackerley, managing firector, Hygiene Audit Systems

Managing norovirus on board ship - the implications for medical staff.
Steve Williams, director of medical operations, Royal Carribbean Cruises

An Industry Perspective on the ShipSan Project.
Gareth Davies, Carnival Cruises

Speakers Day 2

Keep travellers healthy and out of court.
Elizabeth Tetzner, Irwin Mitchell

Water system control measures - validation and monitoring.
Dr John V Lee, consultant clinical scientist, public health and microbiologist and director, Leegionella Ltd.

Keeping pools safe: spa pools, hot tubs, swimming pool, whirlpool baths and training pool staff.
Janice Calvert, Senior Consultant, Oakland Calvert Consultants

Safety and health is no accident - the travel industry perspective.
Angela Hills, destination services manager, ABTA

Prevention and sanction: the regulator's role in keeping travellers safe.
Toby Thorpe, eho, Department of Markets and Consumer Protection

Readers of the ECJ website can take advantage of an early bird discount if they book by January 23 - the discounted rate is £175 for two days.

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