Legionella Awareness

Legionnaires’ disease is a potentially fatal form of pneumonia and everyone is susceptible to infection. It is caused by inhaling small droplets of contaminated water containing Legionella bacteria.Legionnaires’ disease is a potentially fatal form of pneumonia and everyone is susceptible to infection. It is caused by inhaling small droplets of contaminated water containing Legionella bacteria.

Course Information

Legislation requires anyone involved in assessing risk and applying precautions to be competent, trained and aware of their responsibilities. This half day awareness course will introduce delegates to the disease, the risks associated with hot and cold water systems and the importance of taking the right precautions to reduce the risk of exposure.

Entry Requirements


There are no pre-requisites for this course.

Further Information

This course will be of particular interest to employers, landlords, facilities managers, or anyone in control of premises and with health and safety responsibilities for others.

All employers and those in control of premises with health and safety responsibilities for others have a legal duty to comply with the Health and Safety Executive’s Approved Code of Practice L8.

Where employees, residents, tenants, guests, customers and others could be exposed to legionella, the risks must be properly assessed and control measures implemented.

If you are a landlord and rent out your property you also have a legal responsibility to ensure the health and safety of your tenant by keeping the property safe and free from health hazards (including Legionella). This applies even if you rent out a room within your own home.

Course Content

The course will provide an awareness of the following areas:

  • Legionella, Legionellosis and Legionnaires’ Disease
  • Who is at risk, symptoms and treatment
  • Legislation (with particular focus on ACoP L8)
  • Identifying potential risks in water systems
  • Control measures for specific water systems
  • Roles and responsibilities
  • Record keeping

You will also have the opportunity to examine recent Legionella case studies to evaluate how the incidents occurred, what if anything could have been done to prevent them and what lessons have been learnt.

All training material will be provided and is included in the cost of the course

Assessment Information

A short multiple choice question paper is undertaken at the conclusion of the half day training session.

Successful delegates will receive a certificate of attendance with a pass.

This course does not lead to any formal qualification.

Legionella Awareness
Duration1/2 day
CampusColchester Campus
Start DateThis course runs a number of times throughout the year. Contact us for the next available dates
PricePrices on Application


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