Legionella FAQs & Resources

As a leading provider of Health & Safety eLearning, our experts are often asked about Legionella Bacteria. We've collected all of those questions and answered them for you below...

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Legionella FAQs

What is Legionella?

Legionella bacteria are responsible for a number of recognised diseases (collectively known as ‘Legionellosis’) – but Legionnaire’s disease is widely recognised as the most dangerous of these. Read more here...

What are my duties as a landlord?

Landlords have a duty to make sure that tenants are not exposed to any risks of their health. This means that they must make sure that the risk of Legionella exposure is controlled and monitored. The ACoP L8 details that they need to do a detailed risk assessment surrounding it and to have an effective monitoring regime in place.

How do I conduct a legionella risk assessment?

HSE state that a Legionella risk assessment has to determine whether:

  • Water is stored & circulated in your building
  • The water temperature is between 20-45 degrees.
  • There are sources of nutrients like rust or scale or any organic matters
  • There are other factors that might encourage bacteria to multiply
  • It is possible for water droplets to be dispersed and if it is possible over a wide area

How can I test for Legionella?

There are 2 ways to test for Legionella, either you can order kits online to collect your water and send it back in the post for testing or you can get people round to test your water systems for you. There is not a way to ‘see’ if you have legionella yourself at home.

How do you get Legionellosis?

Legionnaires' disease is NOT transmitted from person to person. It cannot be acquired by drinking infected water. It can only be acquired by inhaling droplets which allow the bacteria to reach the lungs directly.

I think I have Legionnaires disease, what do I do?

You should book an appointment with your GP as soon as you start to exhibit symptoms and tell them you believe you have legionnaires disease. Or you can call 111 for non-medical emergencies for advice on what to do next.

Is the tenant or the landlord responsible for legionella monitoring?

The landlord is responsible for ensuring that tenants are not exposed to any unnecessary health and safety risks.

Are some people at more risk than others from legionnaires disease?

While Legionnaires disease is not exclusive to these people, the people that are more at risk to the disease are: those with weakened immune systems, those with existing diseases weakening their immune systems, those over 65, those suffering from respiratory disease and heavy smokers and drinkers.

Can Legionnaires disease kill you?

If left untreated and undiagnosed then it is possible for legionnaires disease to be fatal.

What are the symptoms of Legionnaires disease?

The symptoms of Legionnaires disease include a fever, cough, chills, or muscle aches. High temperatures and headaches. Sometimes symptoms may present as pneumonia like. Even 10 days after coming into contact with the bacteria you can still start to show symptoms.

What is Legionellosis?

Legionellosis is a term for any disease caused by Legionella bacteria. Legionnaires’ disease is the most serious of these illnesses.

How often should I do a Legionella risk assessment?

The ACoP L8 no longer puts a time limit ot the review but it is recommended that it is reviewed every 2 years. Or sooner than that if any major changes have happened to the water system in the building.

FAQs regarding our Legionella Awareness course

How long does this course take?

This course takes approximately 25 minutes to complete.

What approvals does this course have?

This course is CPD Accredited.

How long is my certificate valid for?

It is up to the training administrator of the employee as to when training needs to be refreshed. However, to stay up-to-date with legislation, we recommend that training should be renewed every year.

Why is this training important?

It is important to take legionella awareness training as it could help you identify when you or someone you know is exhibiting symptoms of the disease. It also helps identify the risks of exposure to the bacteria and is a particularly useful course for landlords.

What devices is this course available from?

Our courses can be completed on a range of devices, they’re compatible with Desktops, laptops, mobile phones, iPads and other tablets

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