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Water safety (SHTM 04-01)

Published on 03 August 2015

From: Health Facilities Scotland

Scottish Health Technical Memorandum 04-01 Parts A, B, C, D, E F and G: water safety for healthcare premises



This series gives comprehensive advice and guidance to healthcare management, design engineers, estate managers and operations managers on the legal requirements, design applications, maintenance and operation of hot and cold water supply, storage and distribution systems in all types of healthcare premises. It applies to both existing and new sites either owned by the NHS or via PFI/PPP funding. It also applies to modifications and changes to existing premises. A risk assessment should be carried out to determine, highlight and record where it may not be reasonable or technically possible to implement the SHTM 04-01 guidance.

  • Part A: design, installation and testing
  • Part B: operational management
  • Part C: TVC testing protocol
  • Part D: disinfection of domestic water systems
  • Part E: alternative materials and filtration
  • Part F: chloramination of water supplies
  • Part G: operational procedures and exemplar written scheme

This is an updated version of the Guidance document, please click here to see the archived version.

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