Awareness of Legionnaires' Disease

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Course Overview

Legionnaires’ disease is extremely serious, causing high fever and death in some instances. Most cases are caused by the bacteria Legionella pneumophila, which thrives in water systems at temperatures between 25ºC and 45ºC. Legal action has often been taken against the owners of such systems when outbreaks and deaths occur.

This training has been developed in partnership with risk management specialists Life Environmental Services to reduce the number of outbreaks. It raises awareness of the dangers of working with manufactured water handling systems and informs the owners of such systems of their legal requirements for compliance.

After doing the course learners should be able to:

  • Recognise the implications of an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease
  • Summarise how outbreaks can occur in water handling systems
  • Identify relevant legislation and the requirements for compliance
  • Recognise the role of water handling system owners
  • Identify the role of water handling systems’ safety providers
  • Identify high-risk water handling systems

Course Details

Lesson Plan

This online training is structured to include:

  • Welcome and learning objectives
  • Introduction to Legionnaires’ disease in water handling systems
  • How outbreaks occur
  • Legislation and compliance
  • The safety responsibility of the owners of water handling systems
  • The responsibility and opportunity the disease presents to the systems’ service provider
  • The risk of Legionella in cooling towers
  • The risk of Legionella in hot and cold water systems
  • Photo album and summary


Approximately 2–3 hours. However, the learning is self-paced so the course can be completed at your convenience and your progress will be recorded throughout.

Target Audience

This training is designed for those working with manufactured water handling systems or people working in an environment where such systems are used.

Entry Requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this course.


This course content has been independently certified as conforming to universally accepted Continuous Professional Development (CPD) guidelines.


Once you have successfully completed your course you can download and print your Virtual College certificate.