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Management Training
Role of the Responsible Person
/ Water Safety Group

Formerly known as Legionella Training: Responsible Person

Course Overview
CPD 2023 version ILMTraining 2024 update


This course is accredited with CPD and recognised by ILM, part of the City & Guilds Group.


It is the duty of the Water Safety Group [WSG], including the Responsible Person [RP] to ensure their organisation complies with regulatory, legislative, and guidance requirements for the management of ‘water safety’. 


The term ‘water safety’ includes those risks from biological, physical, chemical, and radiological hazards. The approach to managing these risks will depend on the type of organisation, the types of water risk systems, and the susceptibility of those who are exposed. 

This course will provide the WSG and RP with an understanding of these water safety risks associated with Legionnaires’ disease, Pseudomonas aeruginosa [Pa], and Scalding. The course covers ACOP L8 and HTM04-01 guidance to ensure proactive management is established, overlaid with the BS8680 code of practice for Water Safety Plan [WSP], covering the elements of what a WSP may need to contain, how to develop a WSP for an organisation ensuring ‘control strategies’ are defined.


A ‘control strategy’ for managing the risk of waterborne pathogens is to use temperature control for water. Hot water storage temperatures required being 60OC. As a result of the temperature control being applied, this now creates a scald risk for those at particular risk [very young, very elderly, infirm, or significantly mentally or physically disabled people or those with sensory loss]. The risk of managing waterborne pathogens with temperature control now creates an additional risk that needs to be considered, the risk of scalding from the hot water. 

Topics covered in the course will include:

  • Module 1:
    - Background to Water Safety – including Water Hazards Identification and detail on Legionella / Scalding / Pseudomonas aeruginosa;
    - Who are the most susceptible;
    - Proven and frequent sources of LD / Pa;
    - Ecology of waterborne pathogens;
    - Control strategies for managing water safety risk.
  • Module 2:
    - Law [Health & Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, Health & Social Care Act 2008];
    - Regulations [MHSWR, COSHH, RIDDOR, WATER REGS];
    - Guidance [HSE ACOP L8, HSG274 Parts 1, 2 & 3, *HTM04-01 Parts A, B, C, S/HTM04-01 Parts A to G];
    - Best Practice [Health Building Notes & British Standards];
    - Prosecutions examples and lessons learned.

Course Details:

  Classroom Online
Delivery Method: Face to Face Microsoft Teams
Duration: Full Day Full Day
Cost: £425 + Vat £350 + Vat
Additional Info: Lunch & Refreshments included N/A
Payment Method: Credit / Debit Cards
Assessment: The course includes a marked assessment, measuring the delegate's understanding of the course topics. This is an open-book assessment and there is a pass mark of 70% required from the delegate.
Certificates will be issued once an assessment has been marked and verified.
The cost above includes the price of a digital credential from ILM, which is part of the City & Guilds Group.


*Whilst this course does incorporate certain healthcare elements including guidance documents such as the Health Technical Memorandum [HTM], it offers valuable content that can benefit all sectors.  The knowledge and skills imparted in this course can be applied universally.


Course Cancellations & Refunds

There are occasions when delegates may need to change their course booking.  We are able to support changes on the following basis:

1) Change of date: When a delegate has communicated with us they are unable to attend a course we can transfer them to another course at a later date.  Only one date change is allowed.

2) Delegate Cancellations:  - these are time sensitive:

  1. Cancellation requests made before the 14 days preceding the course, options include:
    1. Transfer to another course at a later date.  Only one date change is allowed.
    2. Reallocation of their reservation to another person / colleague.
    3. Refund when payment has been received.  Credit note if invoice issued and payment has not been received.
  2. Cancellations received within the 14 days preceding the course will be assessed on individual basis, typically refunds are not given. 

  3. Course Cancellations: In the unlikely event we need to cancel the course we shall ensure all delegates are transferred on to another course at a later date.

  4. Delegate No show: Leading up to the course date we communicate with each delegate via email and issue a Teams invite for the course.  On the morning of the training we complete a registration process, when a delegate has not shown up we will make efforts to connect with them to check they are attending.  When we are not able to connect with them they will be removed from the course.  Depending on personal circumstances we may allow them to transfer to another course at a later date.

Equality of Access
The Water Hygiene Centre ensures that training course venues are accessible to all delegates. We encourage delegates to contact us if they may require additional support such as specialist training material or tutelage needs, so we can ensure no conditions hinder the participation of training. If you require assistance or have questions about the course please call our office on 01993 840400 or email and one of our staff members will be ready to help you.


Do you want to learn more about legionella training? Read our full "Legionella training courses guide" >

For further information and to book please select a date below

Tue 23 Jul 2024 One place left
Tue 10 Sep 2024 Fully Booked
Wed 25 Sep 2024 Book Course

“Unfortunately due to COVID-19 restrictions it was not possible to carry out our training 'face to face' but the training was excellently presented through Microsoft Teams.  The presenter was able to answer all questions from his experience and knowledge".

Stuart Nicol, Isle of Wight NHS Trust

“Very informative and it was clear the presenter knew his stuff.  Would highly recommend, came away inspired”.

Rachel Moran, Home Group

“Great course, tutor was excellent and extremely knowledgeable. Made for an enjoyable day”.

Mark Light, Oxford Instruments

“Probably the most knowledgeable trainer on legionella in the world! Excellent, passionate, real life examples and constructive advice.  Would recommend this course and company for consultancy services”.

Libby O’Neill – Wrekin Housing Trust

“Essential training for the Responsible Person that helps me to be confident in my role”. 

Christian Homersley, Wye Valley NHS Trust

“Excellent session, course content explained well, easy to understand examples, use of humour by tutor made the session more enjoyable”.

Alison Moore, NHS Highland

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