Water Safety Plan (Non—Healthcare)

A risk-management approach to the safety of water that establishes good practices in local water distribution and supply. It will identify potential hazards, consider practical aspects, and detail appropriate control measures.

To assist with understanding and mitigating risks associated with waterborne hazards in distribution and supply systems and associated equipment, WIPC will work with you and the estates / maintenance teams to develop a WSP, which provides a risk- management approach to the safety of water and establishes good practices in local water usage, distribution and supply.

Do I need a Water Safety Plan?
In most cases companies, employers and organizational establishments are relying on a very basic ‘Legionella Risk Assessment’ carried out by a company who are normally offering additional remedial services on the back of their assessments.

You have to ask yourself if the regulator inspected your site, would this document be enough to satisfy the inspectors and does it cover all aspects of water hygiene?


Our water safety plan will:

Assess the risks that may be posed to Visitors, staff, the public and tenants.
Put into place appropriate management systems to ensure the risks are adequately controlled.
Ensure there are supporting programmes, including communication, training and competency checks.
Correct and appropriate Governance arrangements.
The appropriate specifications of an engineering and bacterial risk assessment of all water systems.
Operational monitoring of control measures and record-keeping methodology.
Information on the age and condition of the water distribution system and materials of construction (as different materials hold differing risks and react differently to chemicals).
Plans for the sampling and microbiological testing of water in identified at-risk areas or specialist assets.
Adequate supervision, training and competency for all levels of staff including plumbers, estates staff, housekeeping staff and those employed by facilities management organisations.
Appropriate design, installation, commissioning and maintenance of components and equipment.
Remedial actions to be taken to remedy high counts for P. aeruginosa and Legionella and other relevant pathogens where appropriate.
“Under general health and safety law, as an employer or person in control of a premises , you have health and safety duties and need to take suitable precautions to prevent or control the risk of exposure to legionella .”
HSE Guide for Duty Holders