Legionella Training - WHT Accredited / City & Guilds Accredited



Date - 10th July 2019/ Venue - Toorak Hotel / Course - WHT 3 Legionella Awareness

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One of the four most important aspects of Legionella Control.

In the ACoP L8, the document is split into two books, ACOP L8 being the Regulations and HSG 274 the guidance. One must not lose, sight of the facts that on several occasions the information in the guidance has been used to demonstrate non compliance in courts of law and becomes as important as the regulations, however, ACOP L8 concentrates on five aspects very important to Legionella Control, those being:

We all realise that a good risk assessment will be the foundation of ultimate control which must include the control scheme and schematics, but without background knowledge, this becomes useless to most who read it. It is for that reason and to understand what we have to do in the control of Legionella that training is so important.

The following is the legal element of why you should be trained. Excerpts taken from ACOP L8, the absolute book of Legionella.

The L8 Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) gives advice on the requirements of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 (the HSW Act) and the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (COSHH) and applies to the risk from exposure to legionella bacteria (the causative agent of legionellosis, including Legionnaires’ disease). In particular it gives guidance on sections 2, 3, 4 and 6 of the HSW Act and regulations 6, 7, 8, 9 and 12 of COSHH. The Code also gives guidance on compliance with the relevant parts of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 (the Management Regulations).

This book is for dutyholders, which includes employers and those with responsibilities for the control of premises, eg landlords.

Those appointed  to carry out the risk assessment and draw up and implement precautionary measures should have such ability, experience, instruction, information, training and resources to enable them to carry out their tasks competently and safely. In particular, they should know the:

(a) potential sources of legionella bacteria and the risks they present;

(b) measures to adopt, including the precautions to take to protect the people concerned, and their significance;

Inadequate management, lack of training and poor communication are all contributory factors in outbreaks of legionnaires’ disease. It is therefore important that the people involved in assessing risk and applying precautions are competent, trained and aware of their responsibilities.

The dutyholder should specifically appoint a competent person or persons to take day-to-day responsibility for controlling any identified risk from legionella bacteria, known as the ‘responsible person’. It is important for the appointed responsible person to have sufficient authority, competence and knowledge of the installation to ensure that all operational procedures are carried out effectively and in a timely way. Those specifically appointed to implement the control measures and strategies should be suitably informed, instructed and trained and their suitability assessed. They must be properly trained to a level that ensures tasks are carried out in a safe, technically competent manner; and receive regular refresher training.

This is why we ensure that all courses have a suitable assessment paper on completion of the course to comply with L8.

Competence is also defined as having experience, knowledge, ability and other qualities needed to undertake legionella control but the most important part of that is TRAINING.

Please see links in this section at the top right hand side of the page for courses that are available with exam papers and supported CPD units included on the certificates. Bespoke courses are available, please contact me for more information.