In Lancashire and the North West, the importance of water quality and safety was highlighted this summer with the outbreak of Cryptosporidium in drinking water. Although the actual source of the Cryptosporidium outbreak has not been publicised to the public it has raised an awareness of the need for good hygiene practices to be followed and raised the profile of ‘Potential for contamination’ in the water supply.
It is crucial to reduce the chances of contaminating drinking water supplies both for domestic and commercial use and one crucial step is to ensure all relevant staff have the EUSR National Water Hygiene Safety Card.
The National Water Hygiene card is recognised nationally in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. It is beneficial to both employers and employees as they move between companies and industries.
People who work on restricted operations sites such as water treatment works, service reservoirs, pumping stations, wells, springs, boreholes and working on the network of water mains and service pipes must hold the National Water Hygiene card.
Examples of trades who may need the card which are less obvious include:
• Maintenance workers at a water treatment site / service reservoir.
• Scientists / people who take samples from sources of water
• Health and Safety professionals carrying out audits on a restricted operation site
• Ground workers working within the grounds of a restricted operation
All these trades could pose a risk to the water quality so before you start work check with the company on their policy or give us a call to discuss your requirements.
At Landmark Environmental, we have a proud history of training, consulting and project managing all things to do with water. We are on the EUSR registered supplier list and offer training around Lancashire that results in the attendee being registered and receiving the National Water Hygiene Card. For more information, please Click Here.