Keeping Healthcare Water Safe - 2020 challenges

This one day seminar, organised by the RSPH will cover topics which are still proving to be a challenge for estate managers, infection prevention and control teams, Water Safety Groups, water treatment and risk assessment providers, specialist water safety advisors, Authorising Engineers (water) and microbiologists.

Speakers who are recognised experts in their field will discuss the difficulties in managing the conflict between managing water temperature in healthcare premises to prevent infections versus the risk of scalding.

With the prevention of waterborne infections continuing to be an ongoing challenge, the panel will debate the essential role of Water Safety Plans and Water Safety Groups to keep our healthcare water safe, especially in relation to waterborne pathogens.


Topics of discussion not to be missed

  • The new BS 8680 Code of Practice for Water Safety Plans 
  • The impact of Thermostatic Mixing Valves (TMVs) on managing water safety 
  • Risks from new hospitals with highly susceptible patients
  • How to ensure new water systems are designed safely
  • The impact of contamination from splashing and waste systems on patient safety
  • Waterborne transmission of antibiotic resistance
  • Climate change
Event programme





08:45 Registration and coffee  
09:15 Opening remarks                          Chair Dr Susanne Lee, Consultant Clinical Scientist and Director, Leegionella Ltd
09:25 The HSE perspective on balancing the risk of scalding vs the risk of infection Duncan Smith, HM Principal Occupational Hygiene Specialist Inspector, HSE
10:00 Managing a warm water distribution system in healthcare premises TBC
10:30 Managing the risks from TMVs in healthcare Victoria McKee, Belfast Health and Social Care Trust
11:00 Refreshments  
11:30 Climate change: A future challenge for management of water systems in healthcare Martin Shouler, London Water Leader, ARUP
12:00 TMVs - Friend or Foe? Panel session
12:30 Lunch  
13:15 BS 8680 Water Safety Plans Code of practice Dr Susanne Lee, Consultant Clinical Scientist and Director, Leegionella Ltd
13:45 Developing a specification for safer water services George McCracken, Director of Estates, Belfast Health & Social Care Trust, Northern Ireland
14;15 Managing the risks of cross contamination from splashing and waste water Mike Weinbren, Director Infection Prevention and Control, University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire
15:15 Learning lessons from waterborne outbreaks in a new hospital Dr Teresa Inkster, Consultant Microbiologist, Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, Glasgow
15;45 Drinking and waste water as vectors for anti-microbial resistance Dr Ginny Moore, Biosafety, Air and Water Microbiology Group, National Infection Service, PHE
16:15 Making healthcare water systems safer - what are the priorities? Panel session
16:35 Close  


Booking Information


Fees (no VAT payable)

  • RSPH members: £147 (early bird £132)
  • Public sector and charities: £185 (early bird £166)
  • Private Sector: £205 (early bird £185)

 Early bird rates available until Friday 27 March 2020

Event information


RIBA, 66 Portland Place, Marylebone, W1B 1AD

On the day

Event registration start from 8:45 and the conference runs from 9:15 - 16:35.
Lunch and refreshments are provided.



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