The 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 course goes beyond the traditional ‘Legionella’ and ‘Pseudomonas’ ‘CP’ 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 individual in providing safe water systems.

Is this course for you?

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

The course will also be appropriate for non-healthcare technicians who may be involved in delivering engineering maintenance, repair and monitoring of water systems in healthcare premises under contractual arrangements who need to have an in- depth understanding of water hygiene and safety as it relates to healthcare.


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 :

  • State the requirements of legislation and regulations for water distribution systems.
  • Describe the prominent waterborne pathogens – occurrence, ecology and transmission routes and the consequence of contamination of the water systems from these. Consider 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.Identify appropriate personal hygiene, cleanliness of equipment, tools, materials and storage.
  • Identify methods of sampling and appropriate aseptic techniques.
  • Identify risk assessments, 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.
  • Identify the function, role and responsibilities of the ‘Duty Holder’ and ‘Responsible Person’ (ACoP L8) and explain the role and responsibilities of the Water Safety Group.

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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