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Water Hygiene Centre

The Water Hygiene Centre was established in 2009 to address the lack of independent water hygiene consultancy within the industry. From our humble beginnings, we have established ourselves as a market leader, helping clients identify and minimise the risk of waterborne contamination and disease, whilst improving compliance performance.
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What is an Authorising Engineer (Water)?
The title“Authorising Engineer (Water)” is not new. It has been used for some time in industry and also in the Ministry of Defence, where high-risk activities require a competent individual to...
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Legionella & School Holidays – What Should I Do?
If you are a Duty Holder or the formally appointed Responsible Person (Water), e.g. Head Teacher, Business Manager Maintenance Manager or similar, you have a legal responsibility to ensure that the...
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The Independent Water Safety Audit
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 ...
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Authorising Engineer (Water) - Friend or Foe, Part 2
Authorising Engineer (AEW) as a Friend: One definition of the word “friend” taken from the Oxford English Dictionary is “a person who is not an enemy or who is on the same side”. As an AE(W), our...
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Authorising Engineer (Water) - Friend or Foe, Part 1
Confidence in your Authorising Engineer (AEW) with their knowledge and experience can play a key part in successful water safety management. AE duties are defined in the Department of Health’s...
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Legionella control for hospices and health estates.
To determine an appropriate and proportionate control strategy for the safe management of waterborne bacteria such as Legionella species (spp.), it’s prudent to understand the differences between...
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Healthcare - Who is the Authorising Engineer (Water)?
The title ‘Authorising Engineer (AE)’ is not new and has been in use for many years within the industry, where high-risk activities require a ‘competent person’ to oversee and provide assurance...
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Consequences of Insufficient Legionella Training
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) considers Legionnaires’ disease to be preventable and it’s therefore treated as such by the law. Moreover, health and safety laws underpin the statutory...
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Who can be appointed as an RP, DRP, AP or CP?
In In this blog, we explore the various roles that exist within an organisation's water safety team and who is the most appropriate person to be appointed to fill each of these positions.
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Tips for the control of waterborne pathogens in healthcare
The use of ‘temperature’ is the accepted and ‘traditional' method of control for ensuring waterborne bacteria such as Legionella within healthcare domestic water distribution systems (ACoP L8, ...
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