Legionella Awareness Online Training

  • Describes how to identify the conditions that could result in people being exposed to legionella or other bacteria from water systems.
  • Details how to carry out some basic water management tasks which make harmful levels of bacteria less likely.
  • Describes how to recognise early symptoms of Legionella and what to do.


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The EssentialSkillz Legionella Awareness online training provides training based on L8, the Approved Code of Practice and Guidance on the regulations relating to the control of legionella bacteria in water systems, and on the technical guidance provided in all three parts of HSG 274 (evaporative cooling systems, hot and cold water systems and other risk systems such as fountains and whirlpools).

L8 is clear that all employees involved in work that might expose an employee or other person to legionella must be provided with the “information, instruction and training on the significant findings of the risk assessment and the appropriate precautions and actions they need to take to safeguard themselves and others.”  This Legionella training provides the generic elements of this, but the specific details of each organisation’s risk assessment and control scheme must be covered in addition to this course.

This online Legionella Awareness training explains what legionella is, how legionella bacteria grow, and how exposure to harmful levels of the bacteria can be prevented. Information is provided on symptoms to watch for and to report. Within the course, learners will see how any of the jobs they have been asked to do play a part in breaking the chain of events that can lead to a death from Legionnaires’ Disease.

Case studies are used to explain the consequences of failing to carry out appointed water management tasks, and to highlight the lessons learnt, such as the 4 Cs of water management: Control, Co-operation, Communication, Competence. 

Like all EssentialSkillz courses, this Legionella Awareness online training can be customised to meet your needs, enabling your workforce to understand the specific policies and procedures you have developed for your organisation. A designated course administrator can edit the text and images within the course, and link to organisation-specific documentation that may be in place, all at no extra cost.


Course Objectives

  • To understand what legionella is and its impact on human health.
  • To identify the conditions which encourage legionella bacteria growth.
  • To explain the reasons for some of the actions a user might have been asked to carry out as part of the organisation’s water control scheme
  • To know when to seek advice.

Course Details


On successful completion of the test users can download and print a certificate.

The course is RoSPA approved.


Users are required to take a final test consisting of 10 default questions. The default pass mark is 70%

The course administrator within your organisation can:

  • Change the pass mark
  • Implement the random test question feature which selects 10 questions from a bank of 20.
  • Can specify that more than 10 questions must be answered (up to the full bank of 20 questions)

Target Audience

The courses provides a useful introduction or a refresher for three audiences:

  • Someone appointed as the dutyholder for Legionella, who needs to know how to manage the services of specialist companies providing water systems risk assessments and control schemes.
  • Someone appointed by the dutyholder to be the responsible person with day-to-day responsibility for controlling identified risks
  • Some asked to carry out some of the tasks within a control scheme which do not involve specialist testing.  This includes any staff asked to take water tap temperatures or to flush infrequently used taps, and facilities or maintenance staff asked to carry out other work on water systems for which they have existing trade skills (for example, in relation to water storage tanks).

The course is not intended for someone asked to carry out a risk assessment of a water system, or to draw up a control scheme for a water system.

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