Healthcare Risk Assessment Suitability Audit

What is a Healthcare Risk Assessment Audit?
The risk assessments that inform the WSP should identify potential hazards caused by Legionella, P. aeruginosa and other relevant pathogens, chemicals, temperature and events that may arise during supply, storage, delivery, maintenance and use of water in healthcare facilities.

WIPC will audit your risk assessment against the requirements from the Dept. of Health Guidance including HTM04:01 Safe Water in Healthcare Premises, Part B, The Health and Social Care Act 2008 Code of Practice on the prevention and control of infections, HTM03:01 and HTM01:05 Decontamination.

Do I need a Risk Assessment Audit?
You have to ask yourself if the regulator inspected your site, would your Legionella Risk Assessment be enough to satisfy the inspectors, keep patients safe from alert pathogens and does it cover all aspects of water safety?

The risk assessment should identify potential alert organisms and microbiological hazards caused by Legionella, P. aeruginosa and other relevant pathogens, consider practical aspects and detail appropriate control measures.

If you are a Legionella Service Provider WIPC can update your Legionella Risk Assessment to conform to the above and ensure continued Healthcare operations and commercial success.

Operations

The Healthcare Risk Assessment Audit will benchmark your contractors risk assessment document against the requirements for a clinical healthcare setting covering such areas and disciplines as:

Governance and accountability.
Water used for diagnosis and treatment.
Scalding risk and the appropriate installation of TMVs.
Clinical practice where water may come into contact with patients and their invasive devices.
The appropriate cleaning of the environment and equipment in clinical and patient areas.
The appropriate and safe disposal of blood, body fluids and patients’ wash-water.
The maintenance and cleaning of wash-hand basins and associated taps, specialist baths and other water outlets.
Specialist medical devices such as Cardio-pulmonary heaters, nebulisers etc which may not be appropriate where patients are at particular risk such as in augmented care settings.
Engineering assessment of water systems, including appropriate design, installation, commissioning, maintenance and verification of the effectiveness of control measures.
“The risk assessment should be carried out by a competent person or persons. If the provision of risk assessments is contracted to an external organisation, it is recommended that those engaged to carry out any risk assessments associated with water safety should be able to demonstrate to the WSG their experience and competence in assessing specific risks from microbiological, chemical and physical hazards on the specific healthcare population.”
Dept. Health HTM04:01