Legionella Awareness

This course gives a comprehensive overview of legionella prevention control in a Health and Social Care setting

The first recorded outbreak of Legionnaire's Disease was in 1977 and caused 92 deaths. Since then, it has become a notifiable disease in the UK. The disease is particularly serious for vulnerable groups such as senior citizens. The bacteria are widespread and can breed in poorly maintained water systems. Effective prevention means maintaining high water temperatures, leading to scalding and burn risks unless properly managed. This course gives a comprehensive overview of Legionella prevention, and the ways the preventative measures should be monitored to ensure they are both effective and safe.

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Course Details

Legionella Awareness course details:
  • Clear, attractive format
  • Real-life scenarios help illustrate key points
  • With videos and graphics to make an enjoyable learning experience
  • Written by an expert with over 20 years experience of health and social care training

Benefits for you

Legionella awareness forms an essential part of many different qualifications and learning frameworks. If you are working towards any of these, it is important to appreciate to what extent this course helps you in your goal.  

This course has been mapped to the following (where it is applicable) –

Core skills Training Framework – Subject 3 – Health, Safety and Welfare – 

b) understand the importance of acting in ways that are consistent with legislation, policies and procedures for maintaining own and others’ health and safety 

e) understand the meaning of hazard, risk and risk assessment 

g) understand how any identified risks might be managed through balanced and appropriate preventive and protective measures  

j) understand the importance of reporting health and safety concerns 

Health and Social Care Diploma Level 2 – Unit 8 – Contribute to Health and Safety in Health and Social Care 

2.1 – explain why it is important to assess health and safety hazards posed by the work setting or by particular activities

2.2 – explain how and when to report potential health and safety risks that have been identified

6.1 – identify hazardous substances and materials that may be found in the work setting

Course Syllabus

Section 1 – Introduction

  • Learning Objectives
  • Mapping
  • Meet The People

Section 2 – Overview of Legislation and Guidance

  • Introduction
  • Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
  • Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (as amended) COSHH
  • Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013 (RIDDOR)
  • The Safety Representatives and Safety Committees Regs 1977 & the Health and  Safety (Consultation with Employees) Regs 1996
  • Notification of Cooling Towers and Evaporative Condensers Regulations 1992
  • Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER)
  • Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999

Section 3 – Legionella

  • Introduction
  • Legionellosis
  • Series of events leading to potential infection

Section 4 – Risk Assessment, Management and Recording

  • Introduction
  • Controlling the risk in care facilities
  • Recording
  • Reporting

Section 5 – Hot Water and Hot Surfaces

  • Introduction
  • HSE Guidance

Glossary & Resources


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