Before we can discuss the uses and benefits of an independent water safety audit, it’s important to understand what one is and what it entails. An independent water safety audit completed by an Authorising Engineer [Water] is not to be feared but to be welcomed as a measure to promote compliance within an organisation.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) consider Legionnaires disease to be a preventable disease and it’s therefore treated as such by the law. Moreover, health and safety law underpins the statutory obligations of; duty holders, employers or those in control of premises which pose a risk to occupiers with respect to acquiring Legionnaires’ disease. The Approved Code of Practice (ACoP) provides specific advice on the health and safety law which applies and the associated duties under the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and HSG274 (Parts 1,2 &3) provide prescriptive guidance notes on how to comply with these duties – stressing that compliance is the ‘minimum requirement’ and should the recommendations detailed in HSG274 not be followed then compliance will need to be demonstrated by other means – in order to satisfy the HSE that risk has been suitably mitigated.
Topics: General, Training, Water Safety Audit, Role of the Responsible Person, Pseudomonas Aeruginosa & The Water Safety Plan, Role of the Authorised Person, Role of the Competent Person, Education, Legionella Awareness Training
If you are responsible for estate management in a healthcare organisation, you will already appreciate the importance of complying with Regulations such as MHSWR, COSHH, Water Supply [Water Fittings] Regs 1999 and Guidance documents such as L8, HSG274 and HTM04-01 documents. Here, we review what water safety audits are, why auditing is so important and finally who makes a good auditor.