Technical Consultancy & Training


Water Safety Plans (WSP) World Health Organization (WHO) Water Safety in Buildings 2011 States the purpose of the Water Safety Plan (WSP) as:
“WSPs are the most effective means of consistently ensuring the safety of drinking-water supplies through a comprehensive risk-management approach that encompasses all steps, from source through treatment and distribution to consumers. The WSP approach is based on identifying all significant risks to public health, ensuring that effective controls and barriers are applied to minimize these risks to acceptable levels, and monitoring the operation of the controls and barriers to ensure that safety is maintained”.

IWM could help you develop and implement your WSP.



Legionella Training

The UK Approved Code of Practice, Control of Legionella Bacteria in Water Systems (L8) states “Inadequate management, lack of training and poor communication have all been identified as contributory factors in outbreaks of Legionnaires’ disease. It is therefore important that those people involved in assessing risk and applying precautions are competent, trained and aware of their responsibilities.”

Most of our training is offered at sessions held on your sites or a location near to you, often greatly reducing the total cost to our clients when travel and accommodation is accounted for. Our aim is to provide delegates with manageable training sessions to ensure maximum knowledge absorption and sufficient opportunity to ask questions and clarify any issues. An important part of learning is having the chance to discuss your water systems and concerns and not generic situations.

This qualification is aimed at those either in the role of or aspiring to be in the role of
Responsible Person relating specifically to control of legionella on a site.
It covers the effects of legionella bacteria on the body and the impact an outbreak of
Legionnaires’ disease would have on a working site, how to identify and control the risks
associated with legionella bacteria and how legislation and codes of practice can support
its control. It is also designed to enforce the importance of the Responsible Person in
respect to ensuring competence of all operatives on the site.

This qualification is designed for learners who work in environments where legionella growth is a risk. It aims to raise awareness in order to prevent waterborne disease caused by legionella bacteria.
This qualification covers the health effects of Legionnaires ’ disease, the control measures that should be in place to prevent it, as well as the consequences for not complying with relevant legislation. In addition, this qualification contains a specialist unit covering the risks associated with hot and cold water systems.

This qualification is made up of two units:
Unit 1: Principles of legionella awareness
Unit 2: Understanding the risks associated with legionella in hot and cold water systems

HABC courses have been accredited by the regulators of England and Wales (Ofqual and the Welsh Government) and is part of the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF).
It is supported by Proskills, the Sector Skills Council for the process and manufacturing industry.

Generally the only requirement for onsite training is that the company has a room or area large enough to comfortably hold the number of delegates, who are being trained, as well as the trainer and the necessary equipment. A powerpoint projector, white boards or flip charts are needed but the trainer will normally bring a laptop and all the supporting materials.

IWM specialise in offering on-site training courses and accredited qualifications, however sometimes geographical or time constraints make online training a very useful option. Our on-line training is derived from our on-site courses put into an easy to use web platform, that can deliver the content at any time to suit your demands. The courses are well tested and developed by Water Hygiene and legionella control experts but are not accredited qualifications.