Preventing Legionnaires’ Disease: A Training on Legionella Water Management Programs

Are you involved in water safety for buildings? Take the free training from CDC and partners on creating a water management program to reduce risk for Legionnaires’ disease. The training aligns with industry standards on managing risk for Legionella bacteria (ASHRAE 188).

What Are the Benefits of This Training? The training

  • Outlines how to reduce risk for Legionella in facilities through water management programs.
  • Helps water management programs align with ASHRAE 188 on reducing risk for Legionella in building water systems (e.g., potable water, cooling towers, hot tubs, decorative water features).
  • Is free and available online, and continuing education units are available from the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA).

How Long Does It Take? Pilot testers took an average of a half hour to complete each module and an average of 3 hours to complete the training as a whole.

Users do not have to complete the training all at once. They can save their progress and come back later to complete a module.

Who Developed It? The following groups developed this training:

  • CDC’s National Center for Environmental Health,
  • CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases,
  • The National Network of Public Health Institutes,
  • The University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, and
  • The Western Region Training Center at the University of Arizona.

Learning Objectives: This training addresses how to manage;

  • Building water systems in hospitals, retirement homes and long-term care facilities, hotels, high-rise apartment complexes, and other buildings.
  • ​Other devices that may need a water management program even if the building does not, such as cooling towers, decorative fountains and water features, hot tubs, and misters.