To ensure the safe operation of the water system the inherent risk associated with the system should be as low as reasonably practicable [ALARP] having been designed, installed and commissioned properly. In recent years there has been publicity and media coverage of new buildings where the water systems have caused illness, harm and deaths to some of the occupants.
The Water Safety Group [WSG] for an organisation has a responsibility to review and feedback on proposed designs of buildings and water systems and approve these designs and supporting processes for the safe construction of the building and water systems. The Project Manager should be an active member of the WSG providing these designs and co-ordinating feedback to the principal designer.
The WSG being this multidisciplinary group of professionals with a collective responsibility for water safety, as such the reviews should be completed by all members of the WSG including the proposed users / occupants of the building and an Authorising Engineer Water [AEW].
Under the CDM Regulations, the responsibility for water safety [including all other H&S issues] sits with the Principal Designer who is required to plan, manage and co-ordinate the planning and design work and the Principal Contractor is required to plan, manage and co-ordinate the construction work.
At each stage of a project the design and specification should be reviewed by the WSG members, with sufficient time factored in to the project plan for such feedback to be sought, collated and analysed.
I am very happy with the professionalism of our Design Reviews, our consultant was very knowledgeable and provided great support. The Design Reviews undertaken by the Water Hygiene Centre, help us identify potential risks on water system designs early in the design process, ensuring we deliver safe projects while saving costs further down the line.
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