The Great Importance of Basic Legionella Management Training

showing the legionella bacteria as seen under a microscope

All businesses or organisations should be informed of the essential requirement for the right training in legionella awareness and management. The role of a company like Howlett Health and Safety Services is important in appropriately educating dutyholders (employers) through basic legionella management training.

Legionella pneumophila is the micro bacterium that causes Legionnaires’ disease which is a form of pneumonia which can be fatal for those who are infected. Of greatest risk and therefore more susceptible are those with weak immune systems, older generations, those who smoke and those already suffering from other illnesses. The bacterium can be found in small quantities in natural water sources like lakes and rivers, but can also proliferate in unnatural water sources such as hot and cold water systems, spa pools, cooling towers and evaporative condensers.

Adequate control to prevent the proliferation of legionella bacteria is paramount in reducing the risk of the bacteria reaching dangerous levels, where exposure could put those individuals at risk of developing Legionnaires’ disease. Dutyholders are legally compelled to control the legionella risk from water systems.

It is likely that some dutyholders or those in control of premises are unaware of key legislative requirements in relation to Legionella (i.e. the Health & Safety at Work etc. Act 1974The Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations 1999 (as amended), The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health 2002 (as amended),

The Control of Legionella Bacteria in Water Systems (commonly known as L8) Approved Code of Practice and Guidance, and HSG274 – Legionnaires’ disease Technical guidance), that Howlett Health and Safety Services has devised its basic legionella management training course. This forms part of its wider complement of tutor-led e-learning training also covering such areas as fire safety awareness, asbestos awareness, manual handling awareness, display screen equipment courses and food safety.

Howlett Health and Safety Services’ basic legionella management training is interactive and tutor-led, advising dutyholders on how they can maintain compliance with the law. Information is provided on the potential risks associated with water systems, in addition to means of preventing and adequately controlling them.

For simple water systems, the course equips dutyholders with sufficient knowledge to enable them to put in place a legionella control program. Sections covered include a definition of legionella, risk areas, legislation and risk management, as well as water system monitoring. Register for basic legionella management training with Howlett Health and Safety Services today to better ensure your compliance with legislation concerning legionella in water systems.

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