Legionella is a type of bacteria which causes a group of diseases known as legionellosis, and causes Legionnaires’ disease.
Legionella bacteria are common and can be found naturally in environmental water sources such as rivers, lakes and reservoirs as well as man-made water systems including evaporative condensers, cooling towers and hot and cold water systems.
For this reason the ability to Risk Assess the Water Systems and associated Spa Pools and Swimming Pools in the Leisure Industry is vital to ensure customer safety.
Legionnaires’ disease is a potentially fatal form of pneumonia as people can inhale this bacteria directly into the lung, either in tiny droplets of water (aerosols), or in droplet nuclei (the particles left after the water has evaporated) contaminated with legionella.
Initial symptoms of Legionnaires’ disease include high fever, chills, headache and muscle pain. Patients may develop a dry cough and most suffer difficulty with breathing. It is thought around 12% of reported cases are fatal.
This qualification raises knowledge on how to control legionella bacteria in line with requirements as outlined within the HSE Approved Code of Practice L8 document.
This course is ideal for the Leisure Industry and Hotels and any facilities that have spas, or pools where a potential risk is present.