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Legionella awareness for technicians


Course Details

Course code
2 days
Water Hygeine
City & Guilds Assured
Training method
Scheduled | Teams

To enable learners to gain an understanding of the relevant statutory instruments and the recommendations of the best practice guidance HSG 274 part 1, 2 and 3.

Why take this course

This course goes beyond traditional Legionella Competent Person training, also covering  the physical, chemical and microbiological risks associated with water distribution systems within building premises, and the role of the individual in providing safe water systems.

ACoP L8 and HSG 274 parts 1, 2 and 3 requires individuals appointed to devise strategies, develop procedures, carry out control measures and undertake associated maintenance and monitoring must receive adequate training.

It is essential that technicians and operational staff have an overall appreciation of the practices affecting water hygiene and safety and can interpret guidance and perform their tasks in a safe and technically competent manner.


Course delivery

This course can be delivered with us at our state-of-the-art training centre or via Microsoft Teams. Please get in touch or send an enquiry form to find out more.

Who is the course for

This course is for technicians and operational staff who operate, maintain, monitor and repair water distribution systems and associated equipment. They will have specific roles and responsibilities for water systems in building premises under contractual arrangements, that require an in- depth understanding of water hygiene and safety.

Aims & objectives

To enable learners to gain an understanding of the relevant statutory instruments and the recommendations of the best practice guidance HSG 274 part 1, 2 and 3.

To learn how to apply these whilst undertaking their roles and responsibilities to protect user safety from the microbiological, chemical and physical risks associated with water systems in healthcare facilities.



– State the requirements of legislation and regulations for water distribution systems.

– Describe the prominent waterborne pathogens – occurrence, ecology and transmission routes and the consequence of contamination of the water systems from these. Consider other water safety issues including chemical and physical contamination.

– Explain the ways in which water distribution systems, cooling towers, outlets, components and associated equipment can become contaminated and methods of preventing contamination.

– Describe the responsibilities of individuals to prevent contamination of the water distribution system and outlets and assist in ensuring control measures in place are effective. Identify appropriate personal hygiene, cleanliness of equipment, tools, materials and storage.

– Discuss methods of sampling and appropriate aseptic techniques.

– Discuss risk assessment, maintenance of log books and records in relation to compliance with regulations identify the elements of a suitable and sufficient risk assessment, risk minimisation scheme and action plan.

– Understand the function, role and responsibilities of the ‘Duty Holder’ and ‘Responsible Person’ (ACoP L8).

Booking your course

This course is delivered on an on-demand basis and scheduled as needed. You can register your interest by following the link below and we will be in touch shortly to discuss your training options.

Course FAQs

Appropriate and regular refresher training is a requirement for all those with roles and responsibilities in respect of water distribution systems and associated equipment in healthcare buildings ensuring patient and staff safety in respect of the microbiological, chemical and physical risks associated with water systems.

ACoP L8 and HSG 274 states the Responsible Person (Water) should receive ‘regular refresher training’, this is generally accepted as being appropriate every two to three years.

To book one of our courses follow the ‘book now’ link above or call our sales team on  +44 (0)1454 262777.

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