Eastwood Park would like to congratulate water hygiene tutor David Harper, who has been appointed as an Authorising Engineer for Water by the Institute of Healthcare Engineering and Estate Management (IHEEM).
One of the leading authorities in the field of Legionella and water borne contamination, with a career spanning over 50 years, David’s work on Legionella began in 1979 when he investigated the cause of the then little known disease at Kingston Hospital where he was working as a Superintendent Engineer. He subsequently wrote a paper on his experience and knowledge, which was then published by IHEEM, on the engineering implications of this outbreak. David was instrumental in developing the legislation that we are now familiar with, as well as the water hygiene courses here at Eastwood Park over the last 20 years.
David joins Mervyn Phipps, who also delivers Eastwood Park’s water hygiene training, and is on the IHEEM register as an Authorising Engineer for water. The AE acts as an independent professional adviser to the healthcare organisations as set out in HTM 00, whose primary role is to assist in managing the risks from exposure to legionella bacteria in water systems and other water-borne organisms.
This is just the latest in a number of achievements for David, who in recent years has been recognised with prestigious awards including an Honorary Fellowship of the Society of Public Health Engineers (SoPHE) and the IHEEM Lifetime Achievement award for work with water borne diseases.
Along with experienced consultant and Eastwood Park trainer Alan Hambidge, David and Mervyn work together to deliver complementary water hygiene training on behalf of Eastwood Park for Competent and Authorised Persons.