E. coli and Total Coliform Sampling and Testing Course

Learn how to screen for sewage contamination and much more…

As an environmental professional you may wish to assess potential health risks following a sewage contamination event. The cause of sewage contamination could be a broken, backed up, or leaking sewer lines; farm runoff; flooding from storms; and septic system malfunctions. Organisms of health concern associated sewage include E. coli, Salmonella, and Shigella. You may also want to determine whether or not a sewage contamination event has occurred. This is done by taking swab samples from the affected areas and testing for indicator bacteria. The presence or absence of the indicator bacteria will help you in confirming or ruling out fecal contamination after an incident of sewage backup or pipe breakage, and determining the possible need for remediation.

The Course

This is a 4-hour course which has been designed to provide practical, general-use knowledge on E. coli, Coliforms and other Environmental Indicator Bacteria. It provides practical information on how to test for sewage contamination and what indicator organisms to look for. It also provides information on how to interpret lab results.

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Topics covered in the course

Participants will learn about:

  1. Sewage Contamination
  2. Health Risks Associated With Exposure To Sewage Contamination
  3. Routes of Exposure To Sewage Microorganisms
  4. Screening Sewage For Pathogenic Bacteria
  5. Characteristics of a Good Indicator organism
  6. Types of indicator organisms
  7. Which Indicator Organisms to test for
  8. Sampling Requirements
  9. Sampling Procedure and Sample Handling
  10. Results Interpretation
  11. Estimated levels of indicator organisms in raw sewage
  12. Drawbacks of Using Coliforms As Indicators of Fecal Contamination.

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Background Information

Coliform Bacteria Testing in Water

Coliforms bacteria can be tested from surfaces, water or food. The coliform bacteria test indicates the possible presence of disease-causing bacteria from human or animal waste.

The Total Coliform bacteria test is the standard microbiological test of the sanitary quality of drinking water. Drinking water should not contain any Coliform bacteria.

There are primarily 18 different bacteria which make up the group known as “Coliforms”. In most cases, Coliform bacteria are not harmful. However, if these bacteria are found, this indicates that other disease causing bacteria may be present and therefore something needs to be done.

For example, if Coliform bacteria are found in water, the water supply is considered a potential health hazard and is classified as “UNSAFE” for human consumption.

E. coli — One of the Coliform Bacteria

E. Coli is one of the approximate 18 members of Coliform group. The standard Coliform Bacteria test tells the difference between coliforms of fecal origin, specifically E. coli (from the intestines of warm-blooded animals) and coliforms from other sources…

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Who might benefit from this online coliforms training course?

You may benefit from this course if you are:

  • An industrial hygienist
  • An environmental consultant
  • A cleaning and restoration contractor dealing with sewage damage restoration
  • A person interested in increasing your knowledge or developing your decision-making skills related to bacteria sampling

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How long does it take to complete the online coliforms training course?

The course is designed to take ½-day (about 4 hours). However, to make it flexible and convenient to fit into your busy schedule, we don’t limit the time you take to complete the course. You can complete the course in a day or a week if you wish.

How is the online coliforms training course taught?

The course consists of slide presentations.

Are certificates awarded?

Upon successful completion, a certificate is prepared and mailed to the course participant. Be sure to send us your mailing address after you complete the course.

How to register for the course

Enroll in 4 Easy Steps

Step 1: Create New Account (see the link below). After completing the registration, an email will be immediately sent to your email address.

Step 2: Confirm registration. Read your email, and click on the web link it contains. Your account will be confirmed and you will be logged in.

Step 3: Select a course.

Step 4: Pay for the course by credit card. Your information is secure. After successfully paying for the course, you are now enrolled and have access to the full course. The courses are available 24/7 from anywhere with access to internet connection. Enjoy!

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