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Legionella Control

Level 2 Award in Legionella Awareness (QCF)

This qualification is designed for learners who work in environments where legionella growth is a risk, and covers the health effects of Legionnaires Disease, the control measures that should be in place to prevent it as well as the consequences for not complying with relevant legislation. The qualification contains one mandatory and a specialist unit covering the risks associated with either cooling towers and evaporative condensers or hot and cold water systems whichever is relevant to the learner’s workplace. Guided hours - 8.

Programme Content

Mandatory

Principles of Legionella Awareness

  • Health effects
  • Legislation and codes of practice
  • Risks

Optional

Pathway 1: Understanding the risks associated with legionella in cooling towers and evaporative condensers

  • Risks associated with legionella in cooling towers and evaporative condensers

Pathway 2: Understanding the risks associated with legionella in hot and cold water systems

  • Risks associated with legionella in hot and cold water systems

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this qualification, participants will:

  • Understand the health risks associated with legionella bacteria
  • Understand how legislation and codes of practice can support the management of legionella bacteria
  • Understand how to control the risks of legionella bacteria

Level 3 Award in Legionella Control for Responsible Persons (QCF)

This qualification is aimed at those either in the role of or aspiring to be in the role of Responsible Person relating specifically to control of legionella on a site. In addition, it is applicable to duty holders and others involved in decision making relating to legionella control.

This qualification covers the effects of legionella bacteria on the body and the impact an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease would have on a working site, how to identify and control the risks associated with legionella bacteria and how legislation and codes of practice can support its control. It is also designed to enforce the importance of the Responsible Person in respect to ensuring competence of all operatives on the site. Guided hours - 6.

Programme Content

  • The way by which legionella bacteria multiply
  • The conditions required for legionella bacteria to grow within water systems
  • The methods of transmission and infection
  • The factors that affect an individual’s susceptibility to Legionnaires Disease
  • How cases of Legionnaires Disease can impact on the operation of a site
  • The relationship between legionella regulations, health and safety legislation and other  codes of practice
  • The key roles and responsibilities associated with the management of legionella
  • The consequences for non-compliance with legislation and codes of practice
  • The requirements of the British standards relating to legionella risk assessments
  • The importance of training and competence assessment of nominated individual
  • The requirements for reviewing and revising the risk assessment

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this course, participants will:

  • Understand the impact of legionella bacteria and legionellosis
  • Understand how legislation and codes of practice can support the management of legionella bacteria
  • Understand how to control the risks associated with legionella bacteria