Under general health and safety law it is a legal requirement of employers and persons in charge of buildings to consider the risks from legionella. This applies equally to schools, hotels, hospitals, local authorities and private landlords - in fact anyone deemed to be the dutyholder of a premises.
Legionnaire's Disease is caused by inhaling small droplets of water suspended in the air and is typical in areas where water is maintained at a temperature high enough to encourage growth such as cooling towers, spa pools and hot water systems used in both commercial and domestic properties.
This course has been designed to meet the training requirements of the revised Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) 'L8' and guidance for Legionnaires disease.
The skilled operative, upon successful completion, will be able to carry out disinfection and legionella risk assessments to enable full compliance under Health and Safety Executive legislation.
Individuals who wish to physically disinfect hot and cold water systems as well as managers who are responsible for the management and maintenance of water systems (e.g. managers of nursing homes and housing associations, private landlords and hotel managers etc.).
Anyone undertaking this course should have a good understanding of hot and cold water plumbing systems.
They must hold a recognised Water Regulations qualification.
Mainly classroom based with a small amount of practical workshop
Theory and some practical assessment
Candidates who successfully complete the assessment will receive a Cert-ain certificate in the risk assessment and disinfection of Legionella bacteria.
The candidate will also gain a good understanding of the procedures required to successfully carry out a risk assessment and disinfection of hot and cold water systems.
Candidates will be provided with a training pack, an example of a detailed Legionella risk assessment and a copy of HSE document 'HSG 274 Part 2: The control of legionella bacteria in hot and cold water systems'.
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