We are seeking your views on current water management issues. Changes to safety guidelines open up interesting debates and can pose further questions.
Eastwood Park trainer and water management consultant, Mervyn Phipps, who has been developing Eastwood Park’s new water safety courses, raises some current issues:
HTM 04-01 para 7.40 advises TMV’s should only be installed where a scalding risk assessment indicates. Also TMV’s should be maintained regularly - annually or as defined by the risk assessment and taking account of manufacturers’ recommendations. HSG 274 part 2 provides similar advice. Many organisations practice 6 monthly checks but do not implement recommendations of HTM 04-01 supplement: D 08 when replacing a faulty TMV with a new one. What approach do you take?
Rainwater and grey water systems
HTM requirements are generally not considered to be retrospective, however, HTM 04-01 part A paragraph 2.23 states, rainwater and grey water systems should not be collected for use on or in a healthcare premise. Interestingly HTM 04-01 part B is silent on the operational aspects of rainwater and grey water installations, as is HSG 274 part 2 and part 3. What are your plans?
PFI service providers and contracted service providers link with the Water Safety Group (WSG); however, service providers on occasions are not allowed access to an organisation’s Water Safety Plan (WSP). Service providers are required to comply with ACoP L8, HSG 274 parts 1-3 and HTM 04-01 parts A to C and supplement. The maintenance, testing and sampling conducted should also support /conform to the WSG requirements, in line with the WSP. What information do you pass on?
You can add your comments to the debate on by completing our short survey. Findings will be summarised on our website later this summer.