Legionella Awareness Training


Legionella Awareness Training Online

This legionella awareness training programme examines the health risks of legionella disease and the symptoms of legionella disease, as well as who may be susceptible. It also explores how legionella spreads and provides an introduction on how control the risks from legionella bacteria.

Legionnaires’ disease is a form of pneumonia caused by legionella bacteria. The disease is spread when airborne droplets containing the legionella are breathed in. This most commonly occurs when the bacteria has multiplied in man-made water systems, such as cooling towers, whirlpool spas, and drinking, and bathing water

Legionella Courses Offered by Human Focus

Human Focus provides the following courses under the legionella toolkit:

When is Legionella Dangerous?

Legionella bacteria become dangerous when they multiply in the hot and cold which supply water for domestic purposes. This occurs when water temperatures are between 20-45°C.

Legionella is a type of bacteria that occurs naturally in clean water environments such as hot and cold-water systems, lakes, and streams. The low amount of legionella bacteria in freshwater is not hazardous.

Why is it Important to Control Legionella?

Legionella related diseases are a risk that must be taken seriously by all organisations. A legionella outbreak can affect many people, causing high temperature or fever, mental confusion, abdominal pain, or diarrhoea among work associates.

Each year, many people are infected by legionella bacteria as a result of poorly maintained water systems in workplaces. Although legionella-related diseases are rare in Great Britain, there are many who are infected by legionnaires’ disease. The disease is more common in men than women, and people who are over 50 years of age.

Some 359 cases of Legionellosis were reported in residents of England and Wales in 2016, according to Public Health England. The fatality rate of the disease was around 7%.

Legal Responsibilities

Employers must comply with relevant health and safety legislation to protect all work associates, in order to avoid prosecution and fines.

The legal responsibilities for controlling the spread of legionella are set out in:

This legislation requires employers to:

  1. Perform risk assessment

Employer’s must conduct a risk assessment to assess the hazard of legionella bacteria on their premises.

  1. Manage the legionella Risk

If legionella bacteria is present, employers must take steps to manage the risk of exposure.

  1. Analyse who is at risk

Employers must consider which employees and work associates are vulnerable to legionella related diseases and then protect them from legionella health risks.

  1. Record and document

Employers must ensure the legionella risk assessment process is recorded and documented. This will prove compliance and help to update risk assessment procedures as needed.

Objectives of Legionella Awareness eLearning Course

The main objective of this online training programme is to create awareness about legal responsibilities and health risks associated with legionella bacteria. It also highlights the control measures necessary to minimise the spread of legionella-related diseases.


This legionella awareness training online requires:

  • No prior subject knowledge
  • No course certification requirement

Course Content of Legionella Awareness Online Learning Course

To raise your awareness of this risk this health and safety online training programme covers:

  • Legionella health risks
  • Symptoms of Legionella disease
  • Who is susceptible?
  • How disease spreads
  • Controlling the risk

Who is this Legionella Awareness eLearning Training for?

This online training course is ideal for employers, self-employed people, nominated responsible persons, line managers, and anybody who is responsible for managing the safety of water systems or the facilities of a building.

Learning Outcomes of Legionella Awareness Course Online

At the end of the training programme, trainees will learn the following aspects related to legionella.

  • Awareness of the legionella bacteria, how people develop Legionnaires’ disease its hazardous risks to human health
  • Legal responsibilities to prevent and monitor legionella
  • Legionella symptoms and ways to diagnose it
  • Awareness of the environments where legionella bacteria can easily found and grow
  • Risk assessment for identifying and controlling the hazards associated with legionella diseases
  • Awareness of the control measures for reducing the health risks from legionella
  • Importance of monitoring, reviewing and updating the legionella control measures

Benefits of Legionella Awareness Training Online

Employer Benefits

  • Demonstrates compliance with relevant legislation
  • Protects employees and organisation from the potential impacts of legionella
  • Ensures steps are carried out in a safe and competent manner to minimise the outbreak of legionella disease

Employee Benefits

  • Understand legionella bacteria and how it spreads
  • Understand the risk assessment process for controlling the health risks associated with legionella disease
  • Awareness of control measures to reduce risks associated with legionella outbreak

Why Choose Human Focus for Legionella Awareness Qualifications?

Human Focus’ legionella awareness course is:

  • RoSPA assured
  • Compliant with health and safety guidance and legislation
  • Accessible 24/7 via the Human Focus learning management system (LMS)
  • 100% online– no need to reach physical classrooms to get training
  • HD quality videos and animations based course content
  • Self-paced learning maximises retention
  • Mini-quizzes at the end of each section to reinforce key concepts

The end of course knowledge test will demonstrate employee understanding of the key points in the course.

Upon completion, each trainee will receive a RoSPA assured training certificate.

Course Format

  • 100% online course – accessible via any device
  • Running time: 25+ minutes

Knowledge Test 

  • 15 multiple-choice questions
  • Passing score: 80%

Legionella Awareness Certificate

When delegates pass the end of the course knowledge test, they instantly get the RoSPA- approved certificate via registered email in the PDF format. The certificate is downloadable, anytime.

However, if trainees fail to pass the knowledge test, they again get the chance to reattempt the test or even retake the training within their subscription period.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How long can legionella survive?

Legionella bacteria inactive below 20°C and do not survive above 60°C, with an incubation period of 2 to 10 days.

How to do a legionella risk assessment?

The general legionella risk assessment process includes:

  • Identify and access the sources of risk of exposure
  • Access who might be at risk
  • Implement and manage precautions
  • Record all related actions
  • Appoint a person to manage the risk assessment

Is legionella bacteria?

Yes, legionella is a bacteria. It is a genus of pathogenic gram-negative bacteria that includes the species L. pneumophila.

How long could it take to recover from Legionnaires' disease?

Length of recovery is dependent on treatment. If treated immediately after infection, recovery can last a few weeks. Without any treatment at all, the chances of recovery are rare.

How to prevent legionella?

The best way to prevent legionella bacteria from growing in water systems is to periodically inspected and disinfect water systems.

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