This group, the ‘water safety group’ [WSG], isn’t a new idea! The concept of the Water Safety Group was first outlined in the Department of Health’s HTM04-01 addendum and the subsequent revision of the HTM04-01 in 2016 provided updated guidance on the remit and aims of the group.
The single most important aspect of good water management is having a ‘plan’, hence the expression; ‘fail to plan, then plan to fail’!
The requirement to identify and evaluate risks is embedded in UK health & safety regulations.
Where there is deemed to be a foreseeable risk in regards to bacterial proliferation, a risk assessment must be carried out by a suitable independent body, for the purpose of determining the risk to the users of the building in regards to potential harm from water-borne pathogens.