Legionella Awareness

Legionella Awareness Courses

Outbreaks of Legionnaires’ disease seem all-too common and are never far away from the TV news reports. Almost every month brings news of an outbreak in a hospital, old peoples’ home, school or hotel somewhere in the UK.

Management failings are invariably a root cause of outbreaks of Legionnaires' disease and one of the main reasons for this is a lack of training and awareness on the part of management and staff, of the risks and how to control them.

The Law

In the UK Health and Safety Executive’s approved code of practice L8 "Legionnaires' disease: The Control of Legionella Bacteria in Water Systems,” HSE specifically states that people involved in implementing precautionary measures should be adequately trained.

This course provides an introduction to the issues relating to Legionella and Legionnaires' disease, including control measures to be used in water systems of all kinds.

Duration and Location

This lively and engaging lasts for half a day and may be held at the client’s premises, in our purpose – built training room at our headquarters in Consett, County Durham, or any other suitable venue. Typically, the course is most effective with a maximum of 15 delegates, with 8-12 being the ideal numbers.

Who Should Attend

This course is ideal for technical and maintenance staff, building and facilities managers and for company owners and directors with responsibility for health and safety or simply seeking an understanding of their liabilities. Anyone requiring a sound overview of the issues surrounding current legislation and control measures will benefit from attendance.


The course covers all aspects of Legionella awareness including:

  • Background to Legionnaires disease other legionelloses
  • Health effects / Symptoms
  • Legislation - health and safety law under COSHH and ACoP L8
  • Maintenance precautions and control measures in at-risk water systems.
  • Managing risk and responsibilities
  • Management Responsibilities
  • Written Control Schemes
  • A short multiple-choice exam

This course, run by one of our experienced occupational hygienists fully qualified in Legionella Assessment and Control, provides broad-based training providing understanding of what legionella is, why it is a problem and how to assess and control the problem in compliance the law.

For more information on Legionella Awareness Training, please contact us.