The government legislation which protects consumers within healthcare settings, HTM 04-01, has now been revised and is issued in three parts, A, B and C. It provides guidance on the design and management of hot and cold water systems in all types of healthcare premises. It also provides advice and guidance on the control and management of the risk posed by Legionella and other water borne diseases within a healthcare setting.
The revised HTM 04-01 is broken down into:
- Part A covers the design and installation of the system
- Part B covers operational management
- Part C focuses on specific measures that should be taken to control Pseudomonas aeruginosa in care units
HTM 04-01 should be read in conjunction with the HSE’s Approved Code of Practice (L8) and HSG274. HTM04-01 and HSG274 give excellent guidance on developing a water safety plan within healthcare organisations. This is particularly important in a healthcare setting where many different stakeholders can have an impact on patient outcomes.
Those at higher risk of contracting Legionnaires’ disease include older people, those with respiratory disorders and the immuno-compromised. As well as hospitals and care homes, people at particular risk may be present in sheltered housing or day care services.
‘Experience shows that many care providers are not adequately managing the risks from Legionella’ (HSE). For further information about how Clearwater Technology can help you with requirements surrounding the revised HTM 04-01 or water safety planning, then please feel free to contact one of our training team who will be running a revised City & Guilds course for the responsible person.
Contact us today on tel. 08000 937 936 and we can advise you further about the new government requirements.