This qualification is aimed at those either in the role of or aspiring to be in the role of Responsible specifically to control of legionella on a site.
Legionella is a type of bacteria which causes a group of diseases known as legionellosis, the most notable of which is Legionnaires’ disease.
Legionnaires’ disease is a potentially fatal form of pneumonia contracted by inhaling legionella bacteria, either in tiny droplets of water (aerosols), or in droplet nuclei (the particles left after the water has evaporated) contaminated with legionella, deep into the lungs. 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.
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.
It covers the effects of legionella bacteria on the body and the impact an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease would have on a working site, how to identify and control the risks associated with legionella bacteria and how legislation and codes of practice can support its control. It is also designed to enforce the importance of the Responsible Person in respect to ensuring competence of all operatives on the site.
This qualification is made up of one mandatory unit. Learners must successfully complete the assessment for the unit in order to achieve the qualification.
The qualification can be taken as a free-standing qualification or as part of a wider programme of training.
Progression routes could include:-
• Level 3 Award in Risk Assessment (QCF)
• Level 3 Award in Health and Safety in the Workplace (QCF)
• Level 4 Award in Health and Safety in the Workplace (QCF)