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The Mandatory Training Group is the leading UK provider of accredited statutory and mandatory training courses for all sectors, including health and social care, education, local government, private and charity sectors.
Legionellosis is a collective term for diseases caused by Legionella bacteria, including the most serious Legionnaires’ disease, as well as the similar but less severe conditions of Pontiac fever and Lochgoilhead fever. Legionnaires disease is a potentially fatal form of pneumonia, and everyone is susceptible to infection.
These online Legionella Awareness Training Courses are suitable for anyone in charge of premises (known as the duty holder) no matter how big or small the premises and regardless of the number of people present. These include all employers, self-employed people and anyone else in control of premises, such as landlords and letting agents.
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Here at The Mandatory Training Group, we receive many enquiries from all sector providers about the Legionella Awareness. We have listed some of these frequently asked questions and provide answers.
Legionella is a type of bacterium found naturally in freshwater environments, like lakes and streams. It can become a health concern when it grows and spreads in human-made building water systems such as showerheads and sink faucets.
The aim of the Online Legionella Awareness Training Course is to provide learners with an awareness of current legal and technical requirements for legionella control in water systems. Further, it will help learners in understanding the skills required to carry out effective management and maintenance of systems concerning current guidance and legislation.
Legionella training is an essential and mandatory component of legionella risk management programme. They expect those people involved in assessing legionella risks and control measures to be competent, suitably trained and fully aware of their legal responsibilities.
Legionnaires' disease is a lung infection you can catch by inhaling droplets of water from things like air conditioning or hot tubs. It is uncommon but can be very serious.
Legionella bacteria can cause a serious type of pneumonia (lung infection) called Legionnaires' disease. The bacteria can also cause a less severe illness called Pontiac fever.
The bacterium Legionella pneumophila is responsible for most cases of Legionnaires' disease. Outdoors, legionella bacteria survive in soil and water, but rarely cause infections.
You get infected if you breathe in droplets of water from a contaminated water source, such as:
It is very unlikely that you catch Legionnaires' disease from:
Anyone can develop Legionnaires' disease, but you are more likely to get it if you are older and:
If you have Legionnaires' disease, the sooner you get treatment, the better:
When you start to feel better, you may need to continue to take antibiotic tablets at home. Antibiotic treatment usually lasts 1 to 3 weeks. You're likely to make a full recovery and feel back to normal after a few weeks.
Legionnaires' disease is a severe form of pneumonia, a lung inflammation usually caused by infection. The bacterium, known as Legionella, triggers this disease. Most people catch Legionnaires' disease by inhaling the bacteria from water or soil.
To prevent Legionnaires' disease at home, it is essential to:
This certificate does not have an expiry date. However, based on industry best practice guidelines, the recommended renewal period for this training is two years.
Learners wishing to undertake this training and assessment must have taken one of the following routes of entry:
There is a legal duty for landlords to assess and control the risk of exposure to legionella bacteria. However, the Health and Safety law does not require landlords to produce or obtain, nor does HSE recognise a 'Legionnaires testing certificate'.
You must identify 'sentinel' outlets (furthest and closest to each tank or cylinder) for monthly checking of the distribution temperatures. You should also check the hot water storage cylinder temperatures every month and cold water tank temperatures at least every six months. Stagnant water favours Legionella growth.
Legionnaires' disease usually develops two to 10 days after exposure to legionella bacteria.
People catch Legionnaires' disease by inhaling small droplets of tainted water, but not from drinking it.
The primary method used to control the risk from Legionella is water temperature control. Water services should be operated at temperatures that prevent legionella growth. Hence, hot water storage cylinders (calorifiers) should store water at 60°C or higher.
The legionella test taken is considered the "gold standard" for diagnosing an infection caused by legionella bacteria. A positive culture may be determined in about 48 to 72 hours, and negative cultures are held for at least seven days before a final result is reported.
The most commonly used laboratory test for diagnosis of Legionnaires' disease is the urinary antigen test, which detects a molecule of the legionella bacteria in the urine. If the patient has pneumonia and the test is positive, then you should consider the patient to have Legionnaires' disease.
Pontiac fever usually clears on its own, but untreated Legionnaires' disease can be fatal. Although prompt treatment with antibiotics usually causes Legionnaires' disease, some people continue to have problems after treatment.
There is no vaccine for Legionnaires' disease, and antibiotic prophylaxis is not adequate. Water management programs for building water systems and devices at risk for legionella growth and transmission can lower the potential for illnesses and outbreaks.
Many antibiotics are highly effective against Legionella bacteria. The two most potent classes of antibiotic are the macrolides (azithromycin), and the quinolones (ciprofloxacin, levofloxacin, moxifloxacin, gemifloxacin, trovofloxacin).
Treating legionella outbreaks in water systems includes:
Legionella is visualised with a silver stain or cultured in cysteine-containing media such as buffered charcoal yeast extract agar. It is common in many environments, including soil and aquatic systems, with at least 50 species and 70 serogroups identified.
People can get Legionnaires' disease or Pontiac fever when they breathe in small droplets of water in the air that contains the bacteria. Less commonly, people can get sick by aspiration of drinking water containing Legionella. It happens when water accidentally goes into the lungs while drinking.
To kill Legionella bacteria, you need to make sure that the water is too hot for them to live. You don't need to boil them, but you do need to get them above 60°C. That's why you might find the water coming out the hot tap is, well, too hot! Above 60°C, the Legionella bacteria cannot survive.
On successful completion of the Online Legionella Awareness Training Courses will be able to download, save and/or print a quality assured continuing professional development (CPD) certificate. Our CPD certificates are recognised internationally and can be used to provide evidence for compliance and audit.
The CPD Certification Service (CPDUK) accredits all of our statutory and mandatory training courses as conforming to universally accepted Continuous Professional Development (CPD) guidelines.
The Mandatory Training Group is the leading UK provider of accredited statutory and mandatory training courses for all sectors, including health, safety and wellbeing, social care, education, local government, and many more.