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P707 Legionella Awareness

  • About This Course
  • Legislation

The risk from poorly maintained waterlines can affect patients and the dental team as a whole. Vulnerable patients such as those suffering from chronic respiratory diseases, alcoholics, diabetics and immuno-compromised patients may potentially be at increased risk of respiratory infection or colonisation from inhaling contaminated aerosols during dental treatment.

This course provides an excellent review of issues associated with Legionnaires' disease, the control of Legionella related risks and current legislative compliance. The course deals with current legislation and guidance published by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE), Department of Health (DoH) and Care Quality Commission (CQC).

Learning Outcomes


  • To review the background of Legionnaires Disease and identify the susceptible population
  • To identify the signs, symptoms and treatment of Legionnaires Disease
  • To understand what systems are most at risk and identify the hazards
  • To implement the required control measures and checks for monitoring and documenting compliance


On completion of the course you will have an understanding of the signs and symptoms of Legionella infection and how it is transferred. You will be able to identify potential hazards and implement control regimes, monitoring programmes and recording requirements to reduce the risk of Legionella spread.

  • HTM 01-05: Decontamination in primary care dental practices
  • Approved Code of Practice and Guidance L8, Health and Safety Executive (ALCOP L8)
  • HTM 04-01: The control of Legionella, hygiene, ‘safe’ hot water, cold water and drinking systems