Legionnaires’ disease is a lung infection caused by Legionella bacteria, which can be found in natural water sources and man-made water systems. Almost all premises that we use on a daily basis have water supplies and storage systems where legionella can potentially be present, given the right conditions.
Risks from legionella bacteria, which may result from work activities, are covered by duties under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 (HSWA). The course examines legionella bacteria, including what they are, where they are located, how they spread, and how they might harm human health, with a focus on Legionnaires' disease and the warning signs. Antibiotics can usually resolve legionnaire's disease, but they can also cause considerable health issues and even death.
As an organisation, or a person in control of the premises, you are liable for employee health and safety and must take the appropriate safety measures to reduce the risks of exposure to legionella.
Understanding who is responsible for protecting an organisation from legionnaires' disease is important for productivity and health and safety.
Knowing how to control the risks and make informed decisions about Legionnaires' disease will help protect your organisation and staff.
This Legionnaires' Disease Awareness course will help you and your organisation comply with regulations set by the UK government. (HSWA 1974).
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