Practical Legionella Training – How to Take Water Temperatures, Disinfect Shower Heads & More

Practical legionella trainingNew City & Guilds accredited practical compliance focused legionella training course launched – save money, take better control and ensure best practice. Learn where, when and how to take accurate hot and cold water temperatures; flush little used outlets, clean and disinfect shower heads, maintain TMVs, inspect water tanks and calorifiers, and carry-out other important legionella and ACOP L8 compliance tasks.

New practical legionella training course

Legionella Control International has developed a new compliance task based Legionella training course that shows people how to perform a number of practical, but important routine Legionella and water safety monitoring and maintenance tasks on hot and cold water systems… all in accordance with COSHH, the Health & Safety Executives ACOP L8, HSG274 and the Department of Health’s HTM 04-01.

What are the benefits of this practical training course?

The knowledge and skills gained on this course could allow you to save money by taking these tasks in-house to meet your routine compliance monitoring and maintenance obligations using existing staff, or reinforce the correct procedures with those already tasked to do these jobs to ensure they are completed properly.

  • Save money by completing routine compliance tasks in-house
  • Raise awareness
  • Take better control
  • Ensure best practice

Who’s the course for?

This straight-forward course includes a series of practical demonstrations and is ideal for facilities management technicians, caretakers, housekeepers, building managers, plumbers, maintenance and engineering contractors, and those with responsibility for the routine monitoring, inspection and maintenance of hot and cold water systems (including those in healthcare, hospitals and care homes).

What does this legionella course cover?


The legionella training course starts with a brief overview of common waterborne pathogens found in hot and cold water systems including legionella and pseudomonas, the conditions that allow these bugs to grow and the consequences of getting things wrong.

It also outlines current legislation, codes of practice and guidance including COSHH, HSE’s ACOP L8, HSG274 and HTM 04-01 and what’s required at a practical level to comply with the law.

It also reviews the impact of poor maintenance and system design on risk, and discusses the alternative methods of control including temperature, filtration, ultra-violet and chemical disinfection.


There are a number of practical modules available that include:

Temperature monitoring

Learn where, when and how to accurately take and record hot and cold water temperatures (including healthcare environments).

Flushing of outlets

Learn about little used outlets and why they are problematic. Learn how frequently they should be reviewed and how to flush an outlet safely.

Vessel inspections

Learn when and how to visually inspect cold water storage tanks, calorifiers and other important items of plant and equipment, what to look for and what steps to take to resolve common problems.

Shower heads

Learn when and how to inspect, clean, disinfect and descale shower heads safely.

Spray taps

Learn when and how to inspect, clean and disinfect spray taps safely.


Learn when and how to inspect, clean, disinfect, test and maintain TMVs to achieve safe operation.

Dead legs

Learn how to identify high risk dead legs in pipework and what to do to eliminate the risk.

Legionella sampling

Learn how to take Llegionella water samples for analysis in a laboratory. Learn about the test procedure, accuracy, how long it takes and how to interpret the final test results.

Dip slides

Learn how to use dip slides to monitor cooling tower waters in accordance with the HSE’s ACOP L8 and HSG274 Part 1 covering evaporative cooling towers. Learn how to test water using a dip slide, how to incubate the slides, measure bacteria growth, understand action levels and how to safely dispose of used slides.

Chemical dosing

Learn how to perform basic water analysis and testing, and how to interpret the results so as to monitor, control and manage the consequences of scale, corrosion, bio-fouling and suspended solids.

How long is the course?

The course lasts between 1/2 day to one full day depending on the number of practical modules required.

Where are the courses run?

We deliver this course as part of our UK wide training programme – contact us for current dates and availability.

We’re also delivering it exclusively for individual clients at their premises, please contact us for more details.

More information

If you’d like more information about this practical Legionella training course, you have further questions or would like to book your place call us today on 0330 223 36 86 or get in touch here … contact us

Further reading

For additional information about Legionnaires’ disease … here >>