Overview for Legionella Awareness for Health and Care Sites

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This Legionella Awareness course has been designed for all those who need an awareness of Legionella bacteria in a health or care setting. At the end of this course you should be able to understand what Legionella bacteria is and how it effects you. You should understand relevant Guidance and Legislation, the requirements of the HSE's ACOP L8 and the Department of Health and Social Care's HTM 04-01, what should be included in a Legionella Risk Assessment and when to test for Legionella bacteria and what action to take if you have a positive test result for Legionella. During the course you will take two multiple choice tests which will allow you to demonstrate your understanding of the course material. Each test has a pass mark of 70% with a maximum of 5 attempts at each test. Protecting patients, residents, employees, visitors and the wider public from the risk of Legionella is a legal requirement under health & safety law. These requirements are found in the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974, The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Act (COSHH) 2002 & The Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations 1999. In support of these legal requirements in November 2013 the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) released the 4th edition of the Approved Code of Practice for the Control of Legionella Bacteria in Water Systems commonly called ACOP L8 and technical guidance HSG 274. The code of practice has been released by the HSE with the consent of the Secretary of State. It gives practical advice on how to comply with the law. The code of practice has a special legal status. If you are prosecuted for a breach of health and safety law, and it is proved that you did not follow the relevant provisions of the code of practice, you will need to show that you have complied with the law in some other way or a court may find you at fault. The Department of Health & Social Care have also released HTM 04-01 "Safe Water in Healthcare Premises" which along with the HSE's ACOP L8 states enhanced performance requirements for health & care sites. Meeting these requirements is a condition of CQC registration.


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