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Legionella Management in Building Systems


The Introduction of Legionella Management in the Building Water Systems course has been designed for plumbers and apprentices to further their knowledge about the Legionella risk in waters systems within buildings. This course is also suitable for facility managers and maintenance workers. It approaches the subject of water safety and hygiene with a holistic perspective incorporating microbial, physical and chemical risks and practices associated with water distribution systems within buildings. It will provide you with a broad knowledge of the technical requirements and provide practical advice for the control of waterborne pathogens and the national enHealth guidelines for Legionella control.


To enable attendees to gain an understanding of the recommendations of the enHealth guidelines for Legionella control in health and aged care facilities and what is considered to be an awareness of treating the Legionella bacterium in building water systems. This knowledge will provide further awareness to allow attendees to undertake their roles and duties in respect of water distribution systems with a greater emphasis on the safety of residents, patients and staff.

Course Objectives

On successful completion of the course the student will be able to:

  • Describe the waterborne pathogens Legionella bacterium and Pseudomonas aeruginosa, occurrence, ecology and path ways to transmission and other safety issues.
  • Explain the recommendations within the enHealth guidelines.
  • Explain the ways in which water distribution systems, outlets and associated equipment can become contaminated.
  • Explain the methods of preventing contamination of water distribution systems, outlets and associated equipment.
  • Understand the methods of sanitising an infected water system.
  • Discuss methods of water sampling and appropriate aseptic techniques.
  • Analyse and discuss the essential elements of a water risk management plan.
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