Authorising Engineer [Water]

Combining specialist knowledge of engineering, building services and health and safety, to guide you in meeting your water hygiene compliance objectives.


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Until relatively recently, this role was identified without any clear definition or specification. In the Autumn of 2015 however, guidance was issued for the role of Authorising Engineer [Water].

The guidance recommends that any Authorising Engineer [Water] should remain independent of the operational structure of an organisation. The Water Hygiene Centre can provide an Authorising Engineer [Water], who will act as your independent professional Legionella consultant, giving support and advice in accordance with relevant guidance.

Your appointed Authorising Engineer [Water] will:

  • Provide an annual water safety audit
  • Attend your Water Safety Group, supporting and improving your ongoing management of water hygiene risks
  • Undertake a review and update of your Written Scheme / Water Safety Plan
  • Routinely monitor your organisational performance
  • Assess and appraise members of your management team and make recommendations for their formal appointment
  • Provide direction and update training

While every Authorising Engineer [Water] will have anecdotes of failure or non-compliance and a collection of worrying photographs, it is always a great feeling when through application and expertise, there are tangible positive improvements in the safety of water systems. The Water Hygiene Centre has a collective of Authorising Engineers [Water] from varied backgrounds, who routinely meet and work together to share knowledge and experiences.

We can also provide a call-out service whereby your enquiry is directed to one of our Authorising Engineers [Water]. Call-outs necessarily involve the most important of circumstances and where a prompt response can ensure appropriate and timely remedial action is undertaken, potentially preventing an escalating emergency incident. We can be available 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

“Always receive timeous replies when guidance is requested. The service we receive from you is first class and this provides me with peace of mind as Corporate Responsible Person for Legionella risk management”

Eddie Milne, Moray Council

“Excellent technical advice balanced with a pragmatic approach.  You have helped us with a number of issues but also helped us save money by focussing on the highest impact areas”.

Christian Homersley, Wye Valley NHS Trust

“… knowledge, passion and pleasant demeanour has meant that even the most sceptical manager accepts and trusts what is said.  They are very professional and there teaching skills have enhanced HSSD’s knowledge of water management immensely”.

Martin Wilson, States of Guernsey

“I am entirely satisfied with the level of service and support provided by our Authorising Engineer service. In particular the assistance and can-do attitude they provide.

The Water Hygiene Centre have been providing our AE [Water] service for over 10 years”

Graham Mutch, NHS Grampian

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