Legionnaires Disease is a potentially fatal form of pneumonia & is caused by the bacterium Legionella pneumophila found naturally in environmental water sources such as rivers, lakes and reservoirs, usually in low numbers.

Legionnaires Disease is a potentially fatal form of pneumonia & is caused by the bacterium Legionella pneumophila found naturally in environmental water sources such as rivers, lakes and reservoirs, usually in low numbers. As they are commonly found in environmental sources they may also be found in purpose built water systems such as cooling towers, evaporative condensers and whirlpool spas.

Course Overview:

This course is designed to educate on the Legal and Technical knowledge required to operate Cooling Towers and Air Conditioning Systems safely, in order to minimise the risk to health.

The course will outline the requirements for those who are responsible for carrying out risk assessments on Water, Air Conditioning and Cooling Tower Systems.

Course Objectives:

  • Understanding the duties and responsibilities of the ‘responsible person’ for the supervision, effective implementation and control of risk assessment and any remedial work carried out on their premises
  • The legal and technical requirements for the control of legionella in hot and cold water systems
  • Carrying out effective system management and maintenance in accordance with the guidelines and legal requirements on Legionellosis

Participants will be expected to have an understanding of the configurations and functions of hot and cold water and cooling systems.

Course Description: Day 1

  • Legionellosis – background to the disease and organisms
  • Statutory requirements
    • Revised Guidelines on the Management of Legionnaires Disease in Ireland, 2008
    • National guidelines for the control of legionnaires’ disease in Ireland, 2009
    • Section 19 of the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005
    • Biological Agents regulations
    • Legionnaires’ disease. The Control of Legionella Bacteria in Water Systems. Health and Safety
    • Executive Approved Code of Practice and guidance L8 (third edition), ISBN 0 7176 17726.
  • Requirement risk assessment in the ACoP
  • Identification of susceptible areas within water systems
  • Hot and cold water systems
  • Cooling systems
  • Other relevant systems
  • Recommend method of system modification
  • Disinfection and hygiene practices
  • Estimation of system needs and usage
  • Bacteriological sampling
  • Water Systems survey and risk assessment

For a detailed description of each section, please email Gillian Benn at gbenn@essltd.ie

Who should attend this workshop:

Attendees come from a wide variety of industries, skill-levels & company sizes. Participants benefiting from attending this workshop include:

  • Building Maintenance Personnel
  • Plant & Facility Maintenance Personnel
  • Building Managers & Superintendents
  • Plant & Facility Managers
  • Any Technician needing to develop Multi-Craft skills

Trainer Profile

Trevor Montgomery is an energetic and positive with a strong industrial background in health and safety environmental, energy, process control and engineering. Trevor is an engineering professional with over 15 years of operational, management, technical and consultancy experience gained in Ireland, UK.  Trevor has been instrumental in Training Programmes in Environmental, Energy, Engineering,  Waste Management and Health and Safety  on behalf of Local Government and Commercial sectors.

As part of his role he also provided support, mentoring and training for fellow Engineers and was responsible for the developing training course on topics for chemical safety, activated sludge, facilities management, pressure equipment, energy awareness, among others.   Trevor work is primarily based in industry with significant time devoted to running courses, workshops and assessing individuals’ competencies in range of subjects.

This course is also available as an on-site customised course

Course Cost: €350

Duration: 1 day

Date: TBC

Location: Dublin

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