Legionella and Legionnaires’ Disease Awareness Training Course

2-3 Hours

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Legionella bacteria have the potential to cause serious harm to people’s health if they are not carefully controlled. As a result, all premises containing a man-made water system must ensure that the system is safe to use, regularly maintained and free from harmful bacteria.

Course suitable for Hotels and Hostels or similar working environment.



The course is divided into five accessible, interactive modules and includes an assessment at the end:

  • What is Legionella? – what legionella is and where it comes from, how people get legionnaires’ disease, who is most at risk, symptoms and treatment of legionnaires’ disease.


  • Legal Responsibilities – health and safety legislation, responsibilities, employee responsibilities, designers, manufacturers, importers, suppliers and installers and the HSE Approved Code of Practice L8.


  • Hazardous Environments – where legionella is found, what is meant by a water system, assessing the risks, cooling systems, hot and cold water systems, spa pools, other risk systems and the main risk factors.


  • Legionella Risk Assessment – what a risk assessment is, competence, identifying the hazards, schematic diagrams, deciding who might be harmed and how, consulting employees, evaluating the risks and implementing controls, recording findings and reviewing and updating the assessment.


  • Controlling the Risks – dutyholder responsibilities, training, instruction and communication, employee responsibilities, the written scheme, key precautions, operation of the water system, monitoring and inspection, testing water quality, cleaning and disinfection, controlling water systems in residential settings and avoiding stagnation.