Safety Essentials

Introduction to Legionella 

Understanding the conditions that encourage legionella growth, and the maintenance and monitoring procedures that can be put in place to minimise the risk, is essential to maintaining a safe water systems and protecting against infection.

What's included?

Course Description 

Legionella are naturally occurring bacteria. There are over forty different species, all of which are potentially harmful to humans. Legionella can cause a range of illnesses, including the potentially fatal Legionnaires’ disease.

When the bacteria enter man-made water systems, suitable conditions can encourage growth and reproduction to levels that pose a significant health risk. Understanding the conditions that encourage legionella growth, and the maintenance and monitoring procedures that can be put in place to minimise the risk, is essential to maintaining a safe water systems and protecting against infection.

Course Objectives

The aim of this course is to teach you about the following subjects:

  • What legionella are and why they are dangerous 

  • Where legionella bacteria can grow

  •  How to prevent legionella growth 

  • The law relating to legionella prevention