Together with inadequate management and poor communication, lack of training has been recognised as a significant contributory factor in outbreaks of Legionnaires’ disease. So, for your Legionella control to remain effective, all persons involved in assessing risk, managing systems and applying precautions need to be able to demonstrate they are competent, trained and aware of their responsibilities.
Legionella awareness training should therefore be designed to raise understanding of the risks posed by Legionella in building water systems. Whether you are the duty holder or part of the team implementing the controls, you not only need know what your responsibilities are, but how they fit into the broader management and context of the risks associated with Legionella.
At Assurity Consulting training is designed with this in mind - people with responsibilities for minimising these risks as part of the management control process. With the emphasis on education rather than instruction, in order to understand the “why” as well as what is expected, our courses are tailored and typically run inhouse, to reflect what you are doing in your building.
It also supports your duties under the Approved Code of Practice & Guidance (L8): “Legionnaires’ disease: The control of legionella bacteria in water systems”, that the training and competence of those with responsibilities for implementing precautionary measures to control the risk of Legionella in buildings’ water systems needs to be provided and fully documented. Training is also a requirement of both the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) Regulations (Section 12) and the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1992 (Section 13).
Your training sessions will be designed to provide a practical picture of Legionella for all attendees and covers areas such as:
- Case studies on previous outbreaks;
- Legionella – the current situation;
- Legislation and key responsibilities;
- Water treatment;
- Risk assessments;
- Attendee participation in specific tasks dealing with Legionella incidents;
- Essential documentation; and
CPD certificates are issued to all participants on completion of the training and competency checks and tests can also be provided.