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Water Hygiene

The National Water Hygiene scheme has been developed at the request of Water UK, the body representing the water supply companies across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. The blue National Water Hygiene card was introduced in January 2006 to replace all water company specific hygiene schemes and removes the need for workers to undergo separate testing, health screening and to carry several separate cards for each water authority.

Any person working on a restricted operations sites such as service reservoirs, pumping stations, treatment works, wells, spring and boreholes and working on the network of water mains and service pipes must be in possession of a National Water Hygiene card. The same training package is delivered to both direct employees of water companies, and all contractors that work on the restricted operations sites including self-lay organisations working on new developments.

Who Should Attend?

Any personnel working on any part of the drinking water distribution system must be Hygiene qualified

Prerequisites: None

Duration: ½ day

Accreditation: Energy & Utilities Skills Register (EUSR)

Aims

To provide an understanding of the need for good hygiene when working with potable water.  Successful completion of training and assessment allows candidates to be placed on the Energy & Utility Skills Register (EUSR)

Structure

There are 3 elements to the training;

  1. A health screening questionnaire
  2. Participation on the training course
  3. Successful completion of the National Water Hygiene test

Objectives

On completion of the course, delegates should be able to:

  1. To ensure that all individuals are aware of the ways in which potable water could be contaminated
  2. To ensure that individuals who work with potable water understand it is their responsibility not to allow the water to become polluted
  3. To ensure that individuals reach a nationally agreed level of training, testing and medical clearance.

Certification of the Water Hygiene is dependent on successful completion of multi choice assessment of the student. Whilst the written elements are straightforward, candidates require a basic understanding of English language.