Water Safety:
Technical Training
Role of the Authorised Person - Design

Course Overview

Our new course to compliment our existing suite of Water Safety courses for the Responsible Person, Authorised Person [Water] and other members of the Water Safety Group [WSG].  This course is aimed at those Project Managers of a WSG who have a responsibility for managing projects – be it a new build through to a refurbishment and alterations to existing water systems.  

This course has been born out of several threads, the lack of Project Manager engagement with the WSG on new projects, the increasing number of projects which are being handed over to the operational estates team and clinical teams with fundamental flaws that need to be addressed with little or no involvement with designers or builders.  Finally, BS8680 Water Safety Plans has placed huge emphasis on the need for engagement with WSG and service users, accountability, specification, risk assessment and competency of all those in projects.

The course will provide an introduction on ‘water safety’ and waterborne pathogens outlining favorable conditions and how these can be linked with water systems.  What regulations and guidance documents exist relating to waterborne pathogens as well as standards and best practice guidance.  BS8680 details key design stages that needs to be considered, these will be outlined including examples of projects and their issues to demonstrate that there are lessons to be learnt!

It needs to be made very clear that this course is not about how to design water systems, disinfection processes, or detailed commissioning – this course is about getting it right at the design stage through engagement, risk assessment and clearly defined stages of a project.


Topics covered on the course will include:

  • Background to Legionella / Pseudomonas aeruginosa / Scalding;
  • Favorable conditions;
  • Susceptible individuals;
  • Control strategies for managing water safety risk;
  • Understanding law, regulations and guidance including:
    - HSE's ACoP (L8) and HSG Parts 1, 2 & 3
    - S/HTM 04-01  and supporting parts
    - British Standards
  • Water Safety Groups;
  • Role & Responsibilities of the AP - Design;
  • Water Safety Plans - the design control element of a WSP;
  • Lessons learnt;


Course Details

  • Duration: Full Day
  • Cost: On request;
  • Delivery Method: Trainer presentations, group activities and delegate manuals;
  • Group Size: Maximum of 16 Delegates;
  • Certificate: A Certificate of attendance will be issued on completion of the course.

"The presenter was extremely good and made a technical subject more interesting".

Helen Belmont, Dorset County Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

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