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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 - Autumn 2019/ Spring 2020

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

Departmental ‘Responsible Person’ Training (TG01)

NB. This course has been reduced from a two-day to a longer one-day course with the content focussed more specifically on the particular issues relevant to the University of Cambridge Operational Estate.

University departmental staff only - Those who would take on the role of Departmental Responsible Person (Water) and/or Deputy Departmental Responsible Person (Water) and therefore responsible for those undertaking activities on systems containing water within their department.

Topics covered

  • Knowledge of the origins of Legionnaires’ disease, legionella bacteria and the multiplication factors which allow it to proliferate in water systems
  • Knowledge of other potentially pathogenic waterborne bacteria
  • Identification of the main conditions that are required for legionella and other associated infections to take place and how this understanding may be used to manage and control risk more effectively
  • Awareness of current legal requirements, 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 only)
  • Basic design of water systems and their components
  • An overview of “other” risk systems
  • Implementation of legionella, and other bacteria, control regimes with suitable monitoring programmes and records to manage the risk
  • Risk assessment requirements and management
  • An overview of programmed renovation and/or remediation works

Objectives

Having attended the course delegates should:

  • Understand the basic legal requirements in order to comply with HSG 274 and Approved Code of Practice (L8)
  • Understand how Water Safety is managed within the University of Cambridge Operational Estate
  • Understand the responsibilities placed upon departments in respect of Water Safety
  • Understand the health hazards and risks relating to legionella and what precautions need to be taken
  • Have an insight into how legionella proliferates
  • Have an understanding of the types of control employed to reduce
  • Have a basic understanding of the process involved when considering changes to a water system

Notes

  • Delegates will receive a comprehensive training pack.
  • There will be a short multi-choice test at the end of the course. Delegates who successfully complete the training will be issued with a certificate.

Monday 23rd September 2019 - Greenwich House (Jaffna) 
9:00 – 17:00

Thursday 31st October 2019 - Greenwich House (Heidelberg)
9:00 – 17:00

Thursday 9th January 2020 - Greenwich House (Heidelberg) 
9:00 – 17:00

Thursday 12th March 2020 -  Greenwich House (Lima) 
9:00 – 17:00

 

Legionella Awareness Training (TG02)

University departmental staff only - Those who undertake activities on systems containing water.

Topics covered
  • The nature of bacteria in water systems
  • The risk associated with legionella and associated bacteria
  • The importance of water hygiene management and control
  • The principles of legionella control in hot and cold water systems
  • Risk awareness of other types of water systems
  • The consequences of failing to control legionella and other waterborne bacteria
  • Principles of risk assessment

Objectives

Having attended the course delegates should:

  • Understand the basic legal requirements in order to comply with HSG 274 and Approved Code of Practice(L8)
  • Understand how Water Safety is managed within the University of Cambridge Operational Estate
  • Understand the responsibilities placed upon departments in respect of Water Safety
  • Understand the health hazards and risks relating to legionella and what precautions need to be taken
  • Have an insight into how legionella proliferates
  • Have an understanding of the types of control employed to reduce

Notes

  • Delegates will receive a comprehensive training pack.
  • There will be a short multi-choice test at the end of the course. Delegates who successfully complete the training will be issued with a certificate.

Thursday 24th October 2019 - Greenwich House (Minsk) 
9:00 – 13:00

Tuesday 3rd December 2019 - Greenwich House (Heidelberg) 
9:30 – 13:30

Tuesday 4th February 2020 - Greenwich House (Lima)
9.30 - 13.30