This short course was developed by Aqua Engineering Solutions Ltd1., (2019) to give an overview to business owners, managers and key staff of the potential for legionella bacteria growth in engineered water systems and how to control the risks of anyone contracting Legionnaires’ disease (legionellosis).
On successful completion of the course you will be awarded a Certificate of Awareness which you should print and keep with your Legionella Risk Assessment and Written Scheme of Control as evidence that you have at least gained a basic understanding of the risks and how to control them. For full educational accreditation there are more detailed and expansive courses available such as City and Guilds (or possibly similar in your own country).
The course has been developed using material from the…
Although you do not need to read these documents to complete this course we do strongly recommend that you obtain them, read them and keep them for regular reference within your ‘Legionella Control’ folder as e-copies.
This course is not designed to make you an expert but it will highlight areas that will allow you sufficient knowledge to manage your systems more safely and legally. A good quality professional Legionella Risk Assessment (required by law in the UK) will provide bespoke guidance on your system(s) and what actions you need to take.
My business is not based in the UK, is this course still relevant?
ABSOLUTELY! Legionella bacteria act in exactly the same way in engineered water systems wherever you are in the world with risks being potentially greater in warmer climates. The UK HSE guidelines are probably amongst the most robust and informative anywhere in the world. You should obtain your own government’s guidelines as the laws regarding legionella may well be different in your country, but the control of risks should be exactly the same, so YES, this course is relevant wherever you live in the world.
You will be given all of the information you require to complete the course and should set aside a minimum of one hour to read it. You may read the material as many times as you like before taking the test and make notes if you feel you need to. Note that the text is locked so you will not be able to copy and paste it. We do this as making your own notes is far more likely to embed the knowledge in your mind, plus this is a commercially and legally copyrighted body of work.
When you are ready to take the test you will be presented with 20 questions with multiple choice responses. You must answer each question to be able to move to the next. The test is timed to expire after 20 minutes which allows you 1 minute per question. The clock cannot be paused.
The pass mark is 85% so you need to get at least 17 out of 20 questions correct. When you pass, any questions you got wrong will be highlighted for you with the correct answers. If you do not pass you will not be told which questions you got right or wrong. When you are ready, reset the clock and take the test again. You may take the test as many times as you need to at no additional cost.
1The Course was written for Aqua Engineering Solutions Ltd., by Ian Hughes BSc, MSc (Hons) Natural Sciences, C&G Legionella Risk Management, Dips. Water Conservation & Management and Environmental Management. Aqua has over 10 years’ experience in conducting Legionella Risk Assessments and working with clients to ensure their water systems are both safe and legal. About us
Where the book symbol appears, it is to highly recommend additional reading to build on the content of this course and give you more knowledge. You DO NOT need to read them to answer the questions in this course.
Everything you need to know about the safe management of hot and cold water systems (wherever you live) can be found in