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Safety briefing - Leptospirosis (Weil’s disease)

This briefing addresses the key risks and control measures to manage Leptospirosis (Weil’s disease) in the workplace.

What’s covered?

The aim of this Safety Briefing - Leptospirosis (Weil’s disease) is to ensure that all staff are fully aware of the potential risks to health from such an infection.

Hazards and risks

The briefing identifies the symptoms associated with the disease, including influenza-like symptoms such as a persistent headache and possibly a chill. This is to help staff to identify whether they may have the disease.  It also describes how staff can catch it, e.g. contact with rats and rat urine.


Control measures include not encouraging rats and clearing rubbish correctly.

Key points

Attendees must take note of the following key points:

  • “Always report any illness to your doctor.
  • Inform your doctor about your work as Leptospirosis is much less severe when treated promptly.
  • If your doctor confirms that you have contracted Leptospirosis, you must inform your employer.



leptospirosis (Weil's disease)

14 Mar 2016
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