Legionella Essentials for Dental Practices

Legionella Essentials for Dental Practices online course for dental professionals
Includes: 8 Compliance Checklists
Course duration: 90 minutes
Our online course on Legionella Essentials for Dental Practices is designed specifically for dental professionals in the UK to acquire the necessary knowledge and skills to comply with legal requirements and prevent Legionnaires’ disease.
Legionella can thrive in water systems like dental unit water lines (DUWL), sinks, taps, and air conditioning without proper management and control measures. This poses a significant threat to the health and safety of patients and staff in dental practices.
Our comprehensive online course covers all aspects of Legionella awareness, starting from the basics, including the background and health risks associated with the bacterium. We will take you through the potential hazards in hot and cold-water systems, highlighting the importance of identifying potential sources of infection and implementing appropriate control measures.
You will also gain an in-depth understanding of the legal framework surrounding Legionella regulations, particularly in dental practices. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) sets out requirements for preventing Legionella in workplaces, including dental practices. Our course will help you navigate these regulations, ensuring you remain compliant with the law.

The aim of this Legionella Awareness course is to provide comprehensive knowledge and understanding of Legionella bacteria, its associated health risks, control measures, and relevant legislation as per current regulatory guidance.

The objective of this online course is:

  • To provide a detailed background and history of Legionella, its discovery, and the identified species.
  • To understand the magnitude of the risk posed by Legionella bacteria to public health and well-being.
  • To identify the potential hazards associated with both lethal and non-lethal Legionellosis and learn about prevention measures to mitigate the risk.
  • To differentiate between single cases and outbreaks and learn how to identify, report and investigate suspected cases.
  • To comprehend the factors that encourage the proliferation of Legionella bacteria in hot and cold water systems and understand the role of biofilm and sedimentation in contamination.
  • To recognise the hazards associated with domestic showers and dead legs within water systems, along with lime-scale accumulation leading to bacterial growth.
  • To familiarise learners with relevant UK legislation, including HSWA and COSHH, and learn about the ACoP L8 guidance for compliance.
  • To understand how to implement effective control measures and manage risks associated with Legionella in water systems.
  • To examine and learn from previous outbreaks, highlighting lessons learned and best practices for risk reduction.
  • To equip learners with the necessary knowledge and skills to undertake a Legionella risk assessment, understand the control measures required, and how to comply with current regulatory guidance.

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Maintenance and development of knowledge and skill within your field(s) of practice.

  • Clinical and technical areas of study.
  • Radiography.
  • Cross infection control.
  • Medical emergencies and CPR.
  • Emerging technologies and treatments.
  • CPD specific for your daily role(s).
  • Upskilling opportunities.


Maintenance of skills, behaviours and attitudes which maintain patient confidence in you and the dental profession and put patients’ interests first.

  • Ethical and legal issues and developments.
  • Professional behaviours.
  • Equality and diversity training.

This online course offers 90 minutes of verifiable CPD for the General Dental Council’s Enhanced CPD Scheme 2018.

Learn more about your CPD requirements

This course was created in partnership with Aura Infection Control to deliver safe and effective Legionella CPD to you.


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Laura Edgar – Dental Decontamination Trainer and Managing Director

Laura is a trainer and specialises in DUWL and biofilms and has lectured at many events, including the Enhanced CPD Dentistry Show. Laura has developed her knowledge and experience of dental decontamination with qualifications from Anglia Ruskin University and has worked in the dental decontamination field for 10 years. 


About Aura Infection Control

Aura Infection Control is the market leader in dental infection control. We have been supplying innovative infection control solutions for almost 20 years. Our experience has made us one of the leading infection control suppliers in the dental market and the go-to company for infection control training.

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Course Curriculum

  • Introduction to the importance of legionella awareness
    5 minutes
  • What is Legionella?
    5 minutes
  • When was it discovered?
    5 minutes
  • Legionella species
    5 minutes
  • How big is the risk?
    5 minutes
  • A public health concern
    5 minutes
  • Outbreaks of Legionella
    5 minutes
  • Contracting Legionnaires’ Disease
    5 minutes
  • Transmission by aerosolisation
    5 minutes
  • Lethal and Non-lethal Legionellosis
    5 minutes
  • Treating Legionnaires’ Disease
    5 minutes
  • Who is “at risk?”
    7 minutes
  • Preventing Legionella and breaking the chain of infection
    5 minutes
  • What are hot and cold water systems?
    5 minutes
  • Factors that encourage proliferation
    5 minutes
  • What are biofilms?
    5 minutes
  • The Microbial Trojan Horse
    5 minutes
  • Dead legs
    5 minutes
  • Sedimentation
    5 minutes
  • Limescale
    5 minutes
  • Basic rules for reducing risks
    5 minutes
  • The law
    8 minutes
    5 minutes
  • The ACoP L8 – ‘Enforceable Guidance’
    5 minutes
  • What does the CQC say?
    5 minutes
  • Lessons learnt
    5 minutes
  • How to comply?
    5 minutes
  • Written Scheme
    5 minutes
  • Statutory Duty Holder and Appointed Responsible Person
    5 minutes
  • Legionella Risk Assessment
    5 minutes
  • Dental Unit Waterline (DUWL) – Protocol for Legionella
    5 minutes
  • Reducing the risk of transmission
    5 minutes
  • DUWL management during normal working practice
    5 minutes
  • Recommissioning of DUWLs following prolonged practice closure
    5 minutes
  • Water systems – manual temperature checks
    5 minutes
  • Water systems – Remote monitoring temperature checks
    5 minutes
  • Water systems – Flushing
    5 minutes
  • Water systems – Cleaning
    5 minutes
  • Water systems – Sampling and testing
    5 minutes
  • Water systems – Air conditioning units
    5 minutes
  • Annual testing, inspection & certification
    5 minutes
  • Legionella in Summary
    5 minutes
  • Pre-Question Advice Preview
    1 minutes
  • Legionella Essentials for Dental Practices
    10 questions
  • Feedback & Reflective Learning Guidance
    5 minutes

Your GDPR Course includes

Up-to-date information

Our course material is both current and relevant; verified by leaders in the dental industry.

Various media

We use a combination of text, imagery, videos and presentations to help you get the most out of this course.

Course downloads

This course features documents for you to download and use in your dental practice.

Post-course feedback

Upon completion of the course you are required to complete a short feedback survey.

Frequently asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?

The course begins when you are ready. Although the course duration is 90 minutes, you can work at your own pace, and your progress is saved automatically.

How long do I have access to the course?

After you have successfully enrolled on the course, there is no limit on when you must complete the course by. 

Does the course have a test?

Yes. There is a short assessment at the end of the course. You must achieve 80% or more to pass the course. If you do not pass, you have the opportunity to review the content and re-take the assessment when you are ready.

Does the course offer a certificate upon completion?

Yes. Upon successful completion of the course, you will be awarded a personalised certificate. This is saved to your personal dashboard. You can download and print this certificate when you require it. In addition, you are also credited with a digital badge that will feature in your personal dashboard.

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