Who should attend
This OXFORD online training course is suitable for a wide range of professionals but will greatly benefit:
- Professionals responsible for water systems in the Healthcare sector and Hospitality industry
- Engineers involved in the design, construction, maintenance, and monitoring of water systems in the Process Industries
- Health and safety consultants involved in risk management
- Professionals involved in regulatory monitoring of potable water supplies
- Professionals involved in the drafting of water quality and general health and safety guidelines
- Laboratory personnel - especially those involved in Legionella sampling
About the course
The COVID-19 pandemic has left many organisations not operating at all, or operating with reduced staff. This has, in turn, lead to conditions of extended under usage and/or complete stagnation of water systems in buildings and houses alike. Stagnation of water systems, in combination with other enhancing factors like elevated temperatures, presence of organic debris, and inadequate biocide concentrations, leads to rapid multiplication of many harmful waterborne bacteria.
Legionellosis, an atypical form of pneumonia caused by the legionella bacterium, claims thousands of lives every year around the globe. Waterborne legionella bacteria enter domestic and industrial hot and cold water systems through the mains supply and multiply rapidly under specific systemic conditions, as stated above. Dissemination of these contaminated water droplets into the atmosphere exposes humans to the bacterium and, depending on the risk factor, causes a severe form of pneumonia which can be lethal.
This OXFORD online training course will concentrate on the management of the risk arising from legionella bacteria in a wide range of high-risk applications, like healthcare premises, the industrial sector, and the hospitality industry. In this respect, it will examine in detail all those factors involved in an effective Legionella Management Plan (LMP). Core knowledge on water storage and distribution systems, water biochemistry, the physiology of the bacterium and how it behaves under different environmental conditions will be acquired in this course.
By the end of this OXFORD training course, you will be able to:
- Understand the physiology of the legionella bacterium and its behaviour in different ecosystems
- Assess water quality and identify risks relating to legionella proliferation
- Identify all major sources that are responsible for Legionnaires’ disease outbreaks
- Apply the basic principles and guidelines of international regulations and related leading documents to carry out a legionella risk assessment
- Design and implement a monitoring plan for the control of legionella bacteria in your organization
- Understand the obligations arising from regulatory compliance and the legal implications in the event of a legionnaires’ disease outbreak
This online training course will utilize a variety of proven online learning techniques to ensure maximum understanding, comprehension, retention of the information presented. The training course is conducted online using ClickMeeting and has three sessions starting from 0900 and end 1400.
Amongst a wide range of valuable topics, the following will be prioritised:
- Legionnaires’ Disease (LD) historical data relating to the identification of the bacterium
- Symptoms and Mode of transmission of Legionnaires’ disease: Similarities and differences with COVID-19
- Morphology and Physiology of the bacterium
- The bacterium of legionella in the ecosystem and in artificial water systems Growth factors
- Hot/cold and open/closed water systems – Design, maintenance, and monitoring
- Sampling protocols for legionella bacteria
- Interpretation of analysis results
- International legislation and guidelines on the control of legionella bacteria
- Legionella Risk Assessment guidelines
- Recent global incidents and outbreaks of the disease - Case studies and considerations in the context of the recent pandemic
OXFORD e-Certificate will be provided to delegates who attended and completed the online course.
Because of COVID-19, many providers are cancelling or postponing in-person programs or providing online participation options.
We are happy to help you find a suitable online alternative.