DID YOU KNOW…
Landlords of residential accommodation now have responsibility for combating legionaires disease. Health and safety legislation requires that landlords carry out risk assessments for the legionella bacteria which causes the disease and thereafter maintain control measures to minimise the risk
WHAT IS LEGIONNAIRES DISEASE?
Legionellosis is a collective term for diseases caused by legionella bacteria including the most serious Legionnaires’ disease, as well as the similar but less serious conditions of Pontiac fever and Lochgoilhead fever. Legionnaires’ disease is a potentially fatal form of pneumonia and everyone is susceptible to infection. The risk increases with age but some people are at higher risk including:
- people over 45 years of age
- smokers and heavy drinkers
- people suffering from chronic respiratory or kidney disease
- diabetes, lung and heart disease
- anyone with an impaired immune system
The bacterium Legionella pneumophila and related bacteria are common in natural water sources such as rivers, lakes and reservoirs, but usually in low numbers. They may also be found in purpose-built water systems such as cooling towers, evaporative condensers, hot and cold water systems and spa pools.
This one day course can be split so if you only require the risk assessments, you only undertake the risk assessment.
The risk assessment only will cover:
- What is Legionella and understanding the term Legionnaires’ disease & Legionella bacteria
- Managing the risk
- What needs to be considered carrying out on a risk assessment
- Preventing or controlling the risk
- Record keeping
- Safe operation and control measures
The full Legionella risk assessment and disinfection covers:
- The above (Risk Assessment)
- Operation and inspection of hot and cold water systems
- Water treatment and control programmes
- Assess existing installations for potential basic design risks & make recommendations to rectify the problems.
- Carry out cleaning & disinfection of a cold & hot water system.
A BPEC Certificate is issued upon completion.
The course meets training requirements of the Approved Code Of Practice, Legionnaires disease: The control of legionella bacteria in water systems, Legionnaires disease Part 2: The control of legionella bacteria in hot and cold water systems.
The BPEC certification comes with a BPEC manual. The manual can be viewed here
full course (Risk assessment and Disinfection) : £220 inc VAT
Defined course (Risk assessment only) : £149 inc VAT
Course cost includes training, assessment, certification, manual and VAT.