Since the introduction of the updated Health Technical Memorandum HTM 04-01 (2016) ‘Safe water in healthcare premises’ requires that adequate training provisions be provided to those persons appointed to devise strategies, develop procedures, carry out control measures and undertake associated maintenance and monitoring. It is also an essential requirement of HTM 04-01 (2016) that staff have an overall appreciation of the practices affecting water hygiene and safety and can interpret guidance and perform their tasks in a safe and technically competent manner.

This new course goes beyond the traditional ‘Legionella’ and ‘Pseudomonas’ Responsible Persons training. It approaches the subject of water safety and hygiene from a holistic perspective incorporating physical, chemical and microbiological risks associated with water distribution systems within healthcare buildings and the role of the water safety group and water safety plans.

Is this course for you?

This course has been specifically developed for healthcare estates staff who manage, operate, maintain, monitor and repair water distribution systems and associated equipment and who have specific roles and responsibilities in relation to water systems.

This will also be appropriate for Development / Design Project Staff who need to have an in-depth understanding of water hygiene and safety and apply such knowledge to new build projects and refurbishments.


To enable attendees to gain an understanding of the relevant statutory instruments, the recommendations of the best practice guidance HTM 04-01 (2016) and to apply these whilst undertaking their roles and responsibilities in respect of water distribution systems and associated equipment in healthcare buildings to ensure patient and staff safety in respect of the microbiological, chemical and physical risks associated with water systems.


By the end of this course attendees will be able to :

  • Explain the requirements of legislation and regulations for water distribution systems and the significant changes to and the mandatory requirements of best practice guidance including HTM 04-01 (2016)
  • Describe the prominent waterborne pathogens – occurrence, ecology and transmission routes and the consequence of contamination of the water systems from these and other water safety issues including chemical and physical contamination
  • Explain the ways in which water distribution systems, cooling towers, outlets, components and associated equipment can become contaminated and methods of preventing contamination
  • Describe the responsibilities of individuals to prevent contamination of the water distribution system and outlets and assist in ensuring control measures in place are effective Identifying appropriate personal hygiene, cleanliness of equipment, tools, materials and storage
  • Evaluate methods of on-line and off-line disinfection of water systems and calculate appropriate quantities for disinfection with pH correction
  • Identify methods of sampling and appropriate aseptic techniques
  • Describe the function, role and responsibilities of the ‘Duty Holder’ and ‘Responsible Person’ (ACoP L8), the professional support structure in HTM 00 and how it can be applied to support water safety and understand the value and application of a ‘permit to work’ system to water safety management
  • Explain risk assessment, maintenance of log books and records in relation to compliance with regulations identify the elements of a suitable and sufficient risk assessment, risk minimisation scheme and action plan
  • Explain the role and responsibilities of the Water Safety Group
  • Analyse and establish the essential elements of a Water Safety Plan

Eastwood Park, Falfield, was formerly the NHS national training centre for healthcare engineering and now, as an independent company, we are the leading provider of technical healthcare engineering training in the UK.      

City & Guilds

This course has City & Guilds accredited programme status.


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Classrooms are available for theory learning and group exercises (close to training laboratories when practice activities are included).


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