Overview

Whether away from home on business or leisure, the prevention of food and waterborne illness related to travel accommodation and recreational water use is dependent on the tourism providers ensuring they have appropriate management strategies and controls in place to manage these processes.

Now more than ever, the sector needs to be up-to-date on new and emerging trends (such as the increasing size of cruise ships and new trends in holiday destinations) so that it can keep visitors and staff healthy and safe.

Chaired by Dr Susanne Lee (Director Leegionella Ltd) and Angie Hills, (Senior Destinations Manager - Health, Safety, Crisis & Operations ABTA) this two-day conference brings together experts in their field to share current thinking on pathogen risk, legal guidance, the threat of norovirus and cryptosporidiosis, water safety hazards, hot tubs in holiday settings, and the impact of false claims of gastric illness on the travel industry.

Speakers will also discuss and share insights on the information available to help inform travellers about destination health risks and explore the challenging requirements of being an ‘expert witness’ in travel associated cases of food and waterborne illness.

Keynote talks will include:

  • New session just added - update on the new BS 8580 Code of Practice for Risk Assessments
  • ECDC update on travel-related Legionnaires’ disease and food and waterborne outbreaks’
  • Avoiding the hotspots: Emerging health threats to worldwide travellers
  • Unusual suspects in water safety. Looking beyond the drinking water systems
  • Managing food and waterborne outbreaks in holiday resorts
  • Water safety on board passenger vessels
  • Managing drinking water and waste water on board large cruise vessels from design to management – problems and solutions
  • Inspecting health and safety on board passenger vessels in port
  • Cryptosporidium in swimming pools: Risks and solutions

 

Who should attend?

The conference is essential for those responsible for managing the health and safety of holiday accommodation and cruise vessels, travel industry service providers, public health professionals including port and environmental health officers, infection prevention and control specialists in the travel industry, consultants in infectious and communicable disease, legal teams and their experts dealing with food and waterborne travel associated illness, together with those involved with providing food and water-related advice and professional services to the travel and cruise industries.

Dinner and drinks reception
All attendees are invited to join our speakers for a networking dinner, taking place on Wednesday 10 April after day one of the conference.

Attendance is worth 10 CPD credits for delegates.

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Programme day 1

Day 1

  • 09:00    Registration
  • 09:30    Chair welcome and housekeeping: Dr Susanne Lee, Director Leegionella Ltd 
  • 09:40    ECDC update on travel-related Legionnaires disease and food and waterborne outbreaks: Lara Payne Hallstrom, Senior Expert Respiratory Diseases, Legionnaires’ Disease ECDC Sweden
  • 10:20    Travel trends and imported diseases in the UK: Dr Gemma Buckland-Merrett, Epidemiologist, Travel Health Surveillance, PHE
  • 10:50    Refreshments
  • 11:10    Tools that the travel industry can use to inform travelers about destination health risks: Dr Dipti Patel, Director, National Travel Health Network and Centre UCLH NHS Foundation Trust
  • 11.40     Unusual suspects in water safety. Looking beyond the drinking water systems: Dr Sebastian Crespi, President, Biolinea International Public Health Solutions Group
  • 12:20    Questions and answers
  • 12:40    Lunch
  • 13:40    Chairs introduction: Angie Hills, Senior Destinations Manager at Health, Safety, Crisis & Operations ABTA
  • 13:50    Managing food and waterborne outbreaks in holiday resorts: Dr Esteban Delgado, Chairman and Technical Director, Preverisk Group
  • 14:30    Water on board: update on legislation: Dr Susanne Lee, Director, Leegionella Ltd
  • 15:00     Managing drinking water and waste water on board large cruise vessels from design to management – problems and solutions: Gareth Davies, Public Health Manager, Carnival UK
  • 15:30    Refreshments 
  • 16:00    The Process of Cruise Ship Inspection from the UK inspectors perspective: Allan Johnson
  • 16:30    Update on the new BS 8580 Code of Practice for Risk Assessments: John Lee
  • 16:50    Questions and answers
  • 17:10    Closing remarks: Dr Susanne Lee, Director Leegionella Ltd
  • 18:00    Drinks Reception
  • 18:30    Pre-dinner speech: David Travers QC 

Programme, timings and speakers are subject to change.

Programme day 2

Day 2

  • 09:00    Registration
  • 09:30    Chairs welcome to day 2: Dr Susanne Lee, Director Leegionella Ltd
  • 09:40    Health and Safety is no accident: Angie Hills, Senior Destinations Manager - Health, Safety, Crisis & Operations ABTA
  • 10:10    Litigation and Travel acquired Legionnaires’ disease – The case for the prosecution and defense: Amandeep Dhillon, Partner, Irwin Mitchell and Claire Mulligan, Kennedys Law
  • 10:40    Refreshments
  • 11:00    The role of the expert witness: Nick Deal, Barrister and Head of Expert Witness Group, Bond Solon
  • 11:30    The impact of gastric false claims on the travel industry: Susan Deer, Senior Solicitor ABTA
  • 12:00    Questions and answers
  • 12:20    Lunch 
  • 13:20    Chairs introduction: Angie Hills, Senior Destinations Manager - Health, Safety, Crisis & Operations ABTA
  • 13:30    Bedbugs: the costly hitchhikers!: Graham Hobson, Managing Director, Nutra Stat (UK) Limited
  • 14:00    Keeping guests safe – new guidelines for Hot tubs and Spas: Dr John Lee, Director Leegionella Ltd
  • 14:30    Cryptosporidium in swimming pools: Risks and solutions: Prof Rachel Chalmers, Head Cryptosporidium Reference Unit, Public Health Wales
  • 15:00    Managing a large property portfolio; quality assurance of risk assessments and training: Laura Amengual, Health & Safety Quality Audit Manager, Hotelbeds Group
  • 15:30    Questions and answers    
  • 15:50    Summary and close Refreshments

Programme, timings and speakers are subject to change

Booking information

Fees (no VAT payable)

All fees Include a 3-course delegate dinner on Wednesday 10 April.

Two-day conference (10-11 April)

  • RSPH/ABTA/WMS/Preverisk members £200 
  • Public sector and charities £240
  • Private sector £280 

One-day conference (10 or 11 April)

  • RSPH/ABTA/WMS/Preverisk members £150 
  • Public sector and charities £190
  • Private sector £220

All public sector, charity and private sector bookings include one-year Associate membership with RSPH. The RSPH membership team will be in contact after the conference to arrange this.

Cheques must be made payable to RSPH. Please note, places are guaranteed only upon receipt of payment.

Cancellation: Substitutions can be made at any time. If notification is received 8 weeks prior to the course, a full refund will be made minus an administration charge of £40. Cancellations received after this time will receive no refund. Please note that notification of cancellation must be made in writing. The organisers reserve the right to change the timings and/or identity of the speakers.

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