Lubron’s Guide to Water Hygiene Legislation in the Healthcare Sector
We take a look at the legislation governing water hygiene treatment within healthcare settings to help you mitigate risk and remain compliant.

Lubron’s Water Hygiene Treatment for the Healthcare Sector

Lubron has a first-class reputation for providing fully compliant water hygiene treatment solutions for the healthcare sector, including hospitals, pathology laboratories, and the pharmaceutical industry, from clinical decontamination and the water used in renal dialysis to heating and chilled water systems. The fact that water treatment systems for these sectors must be technically advanced, and utterly reliable, to protect human life, and to meet exacting standards is forefront in Lubron’s delivery.

In May 2016, the government legislation which protects consumers within healthcare settings, HTM 04-01, was revised and issued in three parts, A (Design, installation and commissioning), B (Operational management), and C (Pseudomonas aeruginosa – advice for augmented care units). It provides guidance on the design and management of hot and cold water systems in all types of healthcare sector premises, as well as advice and guidance on the control and management of the risk posed by Legionella and other water-borne diseases within a healthcare setting.

As part of the 2016 revision of HTM 04-01, those sections of the addendum that introduced healthcare organisations to the concept of Water Safety Groups (WSG) and Water Safety Plans (WSP) are now a fundamental part of HTM 04-01 Parts A and B. The Health and Safety Executive has also incorporated WSGs and WSPs in its technical guidance HSG274 Part 2.

A Water Safety Group is a multidisciplinary group formed to undertake the commissioning and development of the water safety plan. It also advises on the remedial action required when water systems or outlets are found to be contaminated, and the risk to susceptible patients is increased. To optimise engagement and in-house expertise WSGs often have representation from Infection Prevention & Control (IPAC), Estates, Facilities Management, Health and Safety and clinical staff. As the revisions to HTM-04 do not limit its requirements to augmented care settings and include all health care sector premises, it is often prudent to retain the consultancy services of a specialist water technology expert.

The WSG is responsible for the initiation and delivery of a WSP. A WSP identifies potential hazards and provides appropriate control measures. It is not just a reactive approach, though; a good WSP should establish best practices and proactively seek to control and improve the quality of local water distribution and supply.

Maintaining compliance with HTM 04-01 is challenging for any healthcare management team, from fiscal and expertise perspectives, so finding a water technology company that not only comprehends the requirements but also provides quality solutions that represent long-term reliability and value for money is crucial. Lubron is trusted in 60% of the UK’s hospitals, providing all aspects of water hygiene treatment.

To find out more about how Lubron and its team can provide you with the equipment and expertise for water hygiene treatment to meet your compliance requirements, contact us.