T-Safe® Point of Use Filtration Products
However, in practice few shower heads or hoses are ever adequately cleaned, descaled and disinfected due to the fact that they cannot be fully dismantled to facilitate effective maintenance owing to their design. Most shower head are either of a single moulded piece construction or can have to a multitude of internal component parts. In these cases it is almost impossible to even check or audit whether maintenance has even taken place or been effective. Furthermore cleaning and descaling tasks are often inadequately performed and are merely chemically soaked. This may be due to a lack of training or supervision while maintenance can be missed altogether due to the multitude of priorities that the modern day building manager faces. Consequently organic matter and biofilms can remain and build up over time providing a potential food source and environment for harmful water borne pathogens to proliferate.
All of these factors combined render traditional methods of cleaning and descaling futile as compliance often cannot or is not being achieved leaving patients, residents, building users and visitors unnecessarily at risk.
T-Safe® Hygiene Shower replacement scheme
The T-Safe® Hygiene Shower replacement scheme offers a maintenance free solution to the requirements of HSG274 and HTM 04 01 that ensures compliance, reduces risk and offers cost savings.
T-Safe® Hygiene Showers utilise Biomaster antimicrobial additive technology which provides a permanent limiting barrier to bacterial growth between exchanges whilst also reducing the risk of both retrograde and cross contamination in everyday use. Colour coded shower heads and hoses are exchanged for new on a quarterly basis with each colour code corresponding to an annual maintenance program chart, thus providing a visual indicator that exchange has taken place and compliance has been achieved. The unique design of the T-Safe® Hygiene Shower includes a removable face-plate that enables internal inspection of the shower head condition or quick and effective cleaning between planned quarterly exchange cycles if required by the risk assessment. Optional flow regulators can help the T-Safe® Hygiene Shower replacement scheme pay for itself by providing a return on investment opportunity through water and energy savings.
Above all, the use of point of use filtration technology provides an ultimate fail-safe mechanism by removing harmful waterborne pathogens from the water during showering, protecting end users and providing peace of mind.
The challenge of infrequently used showers and buildings
Buildings such as Leisure Centres, Sports Pavilions, Schools and Community Centres by the very nature of their design, varied occupancy levels and seasonal operating patterns can face significant challenges in relation to managing the risk from harmful waterborne pathogens whilst meeting the operational demand for showering and welfare facilities.
In such circumstances, ensuring that temperature control is consistently achieved and water turned over sufficiently to ensure that stagnation is avoided can prove to be difficult. Through risk assessment building managers can identify and implement a whole host of additional control measures such as surveillance sampling, manual weekly flushing, regular periodic cleaning and disinfection, daily pasteurisation of hot water storage vessels, decommissioning and recommissioning protocols in an effort to control the risk.
Although meaningful, these measures alone offer no guarantee of control and often rely on the diligence of the staff undertaking the task for it to be effective. Additionally the cost of such control measures, the management time required to govern and administer them can soon add up.
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