Basic Legionella Management Course

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Our interactive video-based training Legionella course is aimed at all employers and staff to assist them in identifying the danger that Legionella poses, as well as covering ways to identify & assess sources of risk from Legionella in the premises and implement & manage a control programme.

What is Legionnaires’ disease?

Legionellosis is a collective term for diseases caused by Legionella bacteria, including the most serious Legionnaires’ disease, as well as the similar but less serious conditions of Pontiac fever and Lochgoilhead fever. Legionnaires’ disease is a potentially fatal form of pneumonia and everyone is susceptible to infection. The risk increases with age, but some people are at higher risk including:

  • people over 45 years of age
  • smokers and heavy drinkers
  • people suffering from chronic respiratory or kidney disease
  • diabetes, lung and heart disease
  • anyone with an impaired immune system

For a more in-depth explanation of Legionnaires’ disease, please visit the HSE website.

The HSE Law

Current legislation set out by the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 along with the HSE’s updated code of practice known as L8 which was published in 2013, states that companies and building owners have a legal duty to manage Legionella. L8 is also accompanied by HSG 274 Parts 1, 2 and 3 which provide further guidance on actions to take for specific types of at-risk water systems.

What you will learn:

This course explains the background to Legionella, the potential risks associated with water systems and how these can be prevented or controlled. It helps you to understand the risk that Legionella poses and helps you develop the systems and working practices you need to stay ahead. It gives you enough knowledge to get a Legionella control programme off the ground yourself – or make confident, informed choices when commissioning others to take this on for you.


75 minutes

This is based on the amount of video content shown and is rounded off. It does not account in any way for loading time or thinking time on the questions.

In order to successfully pass this online Legionella Course, you will be required to gain the following results.

Module Pass Mark
1. What is Legionella 70%
2. Risk Areas 70%
3. Legislation 70%
4. Risk Management 70%
5. Water System Monitoring 70%
6. Cooling System Awareness 70%


On successful completion of your Basic Legionella course, you can download and print your certificate.


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