Legionella Awareness Online Training

The EssentialSkillz Legionella Awareness online training has been designed for employees who carry out water management tasks, as part of an organisation’s water management system. The online course explains what Legionella is, potential risks and how to control against them.


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Legionella is a pathogenic, waterborne bacterium that causes Legionellosis – the potentially serious Legionnaires’ disease – and the similar but less serious Pontiac fever and Lochgoilhead fever. Legionella bacteria occurs naturally in water and can be present in lakes, springs and rivers, but very rarely in cultures large enough to cause disease. However, the bacteria thrive in artificial water systems and the resulting colonies can grow large enough to spread disease.

Under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, COSHH regulations and Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations, employers have a legal duty to ensure the safety of the people who use the premises, and this includes protecting against the risk of Legionellosis. Making your employees aware of the risks is an important part of this duty.

The EssentialSkillz Legionella Awareness Online Training explains what Legionella is and how it can affect human health, when medical advice should be sought and what should be reported under RIDDOR, the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations.

The online Legionella Awareness training describes the common symptoms of legionella-related diseases, which can be anything from very mild flu-like symptoms to full-blown pneumonia-like symptoms, including coughing, muscle pains, fever, headaches and shortness of breath. It also describes how to identify conditions where the legionella bacteria might thrive, in the context of an effective water management system.

The online course outlines the responsibilities that employers have with regard to the health, safety and welfare of not only their employees, but to anyone who uses their facilities. This includes an effective risk identification, management and control process.

All EssentialSkillz courses can be customised to meet the specific needs of your organisation, at no additional cost. The Legionella training course can be tailored to explain your specific water management system, your approach to risk management and how protecting against legionella fits in with your broader health and safety policies. Your designated course administrator can edit the text and images within the course, and link to organisation-specific documentation.

Main Sections within the course:

  • Overview
  • History
  • Water Systems
  • Hot and Cold Water
  • Evaporation and Other
  • Final Test

Target Audience:

The Legionnella eLearning course is designed to help everyone understand the risks of exposure to the Legionella bacteria. This course is particularly appropriate for those who are responsible for protecting an organisation from Legionella, particularly people who manage, control or monitor the risk of exposure.

Course Objectives:

  • To highlight what legionella is and its impact on human health
  • To detail the conditions which encourage legionella bacteria growth
  • To explain the reasons for some of the actions a user may have been asked to carry out as part of an organisation’s water management system
  • To explain when to seek advice


Once the 40 minute course is completed, users will be required to take a final test consisting of as default, 10 required questions from a bank of 20 questions.  Your course administrator can define pass rates appropriate for your organisation and decide to implement the random test question feature.  On successful completion of the test, users can download and print a certificate.


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