Since the 2013 addendum to HTM 04-01 and the subsequent rewrite of the HTM 04-01 suite in 2016, the increasing activity of Water Safety Groups in healthcare organisations across the UK has resulted in improved water management and safer water systems but has raised a wider range of issues that were previously under the radar.
Once such issue is the necessity for capital project teams to integrate with the Water Safety Group and consult with various members at strategic stages of design, installation and commissioning of building projects to “design out” risks and integrate opportunities from current water safety initiatives. Capital development teams undertake a vast array of building projects in healthcare premises, from ward refurbishments to new build hospitals, many of which involve the modification of water systems or the construction of new.
Water hygiene expert and Eastwood Park trainer Mike Quest explains that he has seen “too many” unnecessary and expensive post-project remediation works undertaken on hot & cold water systems that do not meet the performance requirements for controlling legionella bacteria due to poor design and installation. One very common issue surrounds the extension of older, often borderline performing water systems resulting in an overstretched asset and subsequent increased risk of problems from legionella growth in building wide hot water recirculation systems that can no longer cope.
Mike’s conclusions to these problems generally point at the lack of knowledge within project teams of the strict requirements for water system design, installation and commissioning in line with healthcare estates guidance and organisational strategy. While the development of our healthcare estates are being pushed to meet higher standards at lower cost, challenges such as improving insulation efficiency and lower carbon technology such as LED lighting are impacting in water management issues, often resulting in unsustainable activities such as excessive flushing of water.
In addition, opportunities to improve environmental impact in-line with water hygiene controls are being missed, especially if Water Safety Group initiatives are overlooked.
Introduced at the start of this year, our 3-day Water hygiene in capital projects course has been written to address these challenges, enabling those involved in the management of projects to gain a wider understanding of the issues and play their part in maintaining water safety in their organisation.
The course is suitable for all persons involved in project delivery across all types of projects in the healthcare estate, and addresses the challenges faced from waterborne pathogens including legionella and pseudomonas as well as the avoidance of scalding from hot water. By the end of the course the attendee will be able to effectively deliver projects in line with legal obligations and their organisation’s strategy for the management of safe water.