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Why we need Training

Inadequate management, lack of training and poor communication have all been identified as contributory factors in outbreaks of Legionnaires' disease. It is therefore important that those people involved in assessing risk and applying precautions are competent, trained and aware of their responsibilities.  

An ongoing training programme is in place with a three yearly refresher frequency, unless there is a major change to legislation or guidance or the Responsible Person deems extra training as being necessary.

Who Should Attend

The Responsible and Deputy Responsible Persons shall complete at least the University’s “Responsible Person Training Courses” and attend updates as required.

All other members of staff that are appointed to implement the control measures and strategies shall complete the “Legionella Awareness Training Course”.

These courses shall be delivered by the University’s Specialist Water Safety Consultant and can be found on the Safety Office Training Calendar.

Full records of the completed training should be maintained in the site Log Book.

Refer to ‘Water Safety Procedures including Written Scheme for further information. 

Water Safety Training Courses - Spring/Summer 2019

For further information or to book a place on one of these courses please go to the Occupational Health and Safety Service web pages.

Course Who should attend Course information Date/Location/Time
Two day Legionella ‘Responsible Person’ Course Those taking on the role of Departmental (or Deputy Departmental) Responsible Person (Water) and who are, therefore, responsible for those who are undertaking works on or with systems containing water within their department.

This course will explain the origins of legionnaires’ disease, legionella and other potentially pathogenic waterborne bacteria, and the factors which allow them to proliferate in water systems. You will learn about current legal requirements regarding water hygiene, approved codes of practice and best practice guidance including COSHH, The HSE’s ACOP L8 HSG274 Parts 1,2 and 3 and HTM04-01 (Healthcare facilities only) and what can be done to manage and control water borne bacterial risk effectively.

You will learn the basic design of water systems and their components and how to implement legionella, and other bacteria, control regimes with suitable monitoring programmes and records to manage the risk. The importance of legionella risk assessments and their requirements and management are explained, as are the processes of programmed renovation and/or remediation work that may result from the assessments.

30th April - Greenwich House (Cairo Room) 
9:00 – 16:00

1st May - Greenwich House (Minsk Room)
9:00 – 15:00

11th June - Greenwich House (Heidelberg & Granada) 
9:00 – 16:00

12th June -  Greenwich House (Cairo) 
9:00 – 15:00

8th August - Greenwich House (Cairo) 
9:00 – 16:00

9th August - Greenwich House (Cairo) 
9:00 – 15:00

Half day Legionella Awareness Course Managers, supervisors, technicians and other staff who assist in managing the risks associated with water hygiene and legionnaires’ disease for hot and cold water systems and other ‘at risk’ water systems within the University’s buildings. This course will provide an overview of Legionella bacteria and Legionnaires’ disease. It will explain what the risks are to human health and how that risk is managed in line with current legislation and guidance. The course will also highlight the areas that departmental buildings maintenance staff are responsible for under the University’s Water Safety Policy.

9th May - Greenwich House (Heidelberg & Granada) 
9:30 – 13:30

12th July - Greenwich House (Jaffna) 
9:00 – 13:30