Frequently Asked Questions: Responsible Persons
Who is this course aimed at?
This course is aimed at those staff involved in the management of building water systems, particularly those individuals who have been nominated as the Responsible Person or Nominated Deputy.
What does it mean that this is a “Level 3” qualification?
Does this course qualify me to be a Responsible Person?
According to the HSE’s Approved Code of Practice (ACoP) (L8) Legionnaires’ disease: the control of legionella bacteria in water systems (v. 4), “It is important for the appointed responsible person to have sufficient authority, competence and knowledge of the installation to ensure that all operational procedures are carried out effectively and in a timely manner…The appointed responsible person should have a clear understanding of their role and the overall health and safety management structure and policy in the organisation.”
The HSE does not state that there is one particular qualification that qualifies someone to be a Responsible Person. Instead, there is an emphasis on a combination of competence, knowledge and authority. The purpose of the HABC Level 3 Award in Legionella Control for Responsible Persons qualification is to provide delegates with an understanding of their managerial responsibilities in controlling the risks associated with Legionella bacteria. This is essential to enable the responsible person to implement and manage a written control scheme, as required in the ACoP L8.
Do I have to complete the Level 2 Award in Legionella Awareness before I complete this course?
No, there are no pre-requisites for this course. The Level 3 Award in Legionella Control for Responsible Persons also provides an insight into the microbiology of legionella and the key requirements of legislation, as covered in the Level 2 qualification. However, the main difference between the two qualifications is that the Level 2 is aimed at operators involved in carrying out routine monitoring of water systems and focusses more on the operational checks and the Level 3 focusses more on the management responsibilities and how to manage a written control scheme.
What do I do if I am not happy with an assessment decision?
As a delegate on a B & V Training Academy course you will be required to complete a formal assessment of your knowledge and understanding relating to the course content.
It is important to note that the B & V Training Academy allows all learners to appeal against any formal assessment decisions they perceive as unfair.
If you have any concerns regarding an assessment decision please follow the following steps. A more in-depth procedure is also available from your tutor:-
1. In the first instance you should discuss your concerns with the Training Academy Manager on email@example.com. They should be able to provide you with as much information as possible about the assessment decision.
3. The B & V Training Academy Manager will then take forward the appeal according to the internal B & V Training Academy appeals procedure (available upon request).
For further information about your right to appeal please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
How do I raise a concern or complaint I may have regarding the course I have attended?
At B & V Training Academy we pride ourselves in listening to our customers and acting upon any feedback we receive. We strive to provide the best possible service to our customers and delegates. To this end we take any complaints very seriously.
If you have any concerns regarding a course you have attended at B & V Training Academy please follow the following steps. A more in-depth procedure is also available from your tutor:-
1. If you’re still on a course and have a concern or complaint then in the first instance you should discuss your concerns with the Tutor. Alternatively, if your complaint is about the tutor or you’re not happy with the outcome of action taken by your tutor then please contact the Training Academy Manager at: email@example.com.
2. The B & V Training Academy Manager will then take forward the complaint according to the internal B & V Training Academy complaint procedure (available upon request).
I would like to understand my responsibilities as a nominated “responsible person” for the control of legionella, is there a training course on offer for me?
Yes, the B & V Training Academy offer a range of training courses, which are designed to provide the underpinning knowledge necessary to control and minimise the risks associated with legionella bacteria. We would recommend that the HABC Level 3 Award in Legionella Control for Responsible Persons (QCF) may be most suitable for you. This is delivered in a one day course and provides delegates with an understanding of how best to manage the risks associated with Legionella in a water system. Delegates who attend this course will be able to effectively manage a written legionella control scheme and risk assessment process.
Full details of all the courses on offer are available at the B & V Training Academy website.
What do you need to know as a responsible person?
A Responsible Person is identified in HSE’s Approved Code of Practice & Guidance L8, as
“…someone with day to day responsibility for controlling any identified risk from Legionella bacteria.”
So, what do you need in order to fulfil this responsibility?
1. An understanding of legionella bacteria and Legionnaires’ Disease.
In order to be able to implement measures to control the risks associated with legionella, you must first be able to identify what these risks are.
What is Legionella and how does it pose a risk within your water systems? What are the methods of transmission and infection of Legionella bacteria into humans and who are susceptible to catching Legionnaires’ Disease?
2. In-depth knowledge of key legislation and codes of practice that can support you in the management of legionella bacteria
The Health and Safety Executive state that Legionnaires’ Disease is a controllable disease and that effective management and control of Legionella bacteria will prevent individuals from becoming infected. It is imperative, therefore, that employers and employees adhere to the Approved Code of Practice and Guidance (L8) released by the Health and Safety Executive. In order to fulfil your responsibility as a Responsible Person you will need to be able to demonstrate that you and your organisation are meeting the requirements of these documents, as a minimum, in order to avoid legal action.
3. An ability to implement control measures to reduce the risks associated with Legionella
You will need to put your knowledge into practice through implementing a Legionella Control Scheme. This will include carrying out risk assessments, ensuring effective and up to date records are kept and the continual review and revision of a written control scheme.
B & V Training Academy uniquely offers a one day, Ofqual accredited course which will provide Responsible Persons with the tools they need in order to meet the three essential requirements highlighted above. This course will also provide successful delegates with a formal, nationally recognised Level 3 qualification, the HABC Level 3 Award in Legionella Control for Responsible Persons (QCF).