Awareness of Legionnaires' Disease

Producer: Virtual College Ltd

Duration: 2.5 hours.
This product is an online product and is a single-user, 1-year licence.
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CPD Certified - on average contributes 2 - 3 hours towards your CPD.

On average there are approximately 200 to 250 reported cases of Legionnaires' disease each year in the UK, although many believe this total is generally underestimated. The disease is extremely serious and can prove fatal in approximately 12% of cases.

In an attempt to help reduce these figures, this module, which has been developed by Virtual College working with partners Life Environmental Services, has been designed to raise awareness of Legionnaires’ disease by explaining how outbreaks might occur and highlighting potentially higher risk water systems of legionella.

On completion, learners will have an increased understanding of Legionnaires' disease, including the potential consequences of an outbreak and the symptoms associated with the disease. The module also provides information on the relevant legislation and requirements for compliance.

This module is aimed primarily at those working with manufactured water handling systems or in an environment where water handling systems are used.

The content of this course has been independently certified as conforming to universally accepted Continuous Professional Development (CPD) guidelines.

This product allows the student to print a certificate from the course on sucessful completion.

The recommended settings to run this course are:

- Minimum Internet Explorer 6/Netscape Navigator 7
- Flash enabled – Minimum V6
- Popup windows enabled
- Minimum Windows 2000 Operating System
- Silverlight may also need to be installed for some courses
- Most ECDL courses will require a download of the ActivX component from within the course


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The modules covered within this course are:

- Welcome and Learning Objectives
- An Introduction to Legionnaires’ Disease in Water Handling Systems
- How do Legionnaires’ Outbreak Occur?
- Legislation and Compliance
- Water Handling Systems Owner’s Safety Responsibility
- Water Handling Systems – Service Provider Responsibility and Opportunity
- Legionella Risk System – Cooling Towers
- Legionella Risk – Hot and Cold Water Systems
- Photo Album and Summary


On completion of this course learners will be able to:

- Recognise the implications of a Legionnaires’ disease outbreak
- Summarise how Legionnaires outbreaks can occur in water handling systems
- Identify relevant legislation and the requirements for compliance
- Recognise the role of water handling system owners
- Recognise the role of water handling systems safety providers
- Identify higher risk water handling system

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