Point of use filtration devices, antimicrobial replacement showers and automatic flushing shower panel solutions.
Acquiesce Environmental Compliance Ltd is an authorised distributor of T-Safe point of use filtration devices, antimicrobial replacement showers and automatic flushing shower panel solutions in the United Kingdom.
What is point of use filtration?
Point of use (POU) filtration is a device that incorporates an integral filter with a maximal pore size of 0.2 μm applied at the outlet, which removes bacteria (such as legionella pneumophila, pseudomonas aeruginosa) from the water flow, therefore protecting the end user from exposure to harmful waterborne pathogens. Used in place of a traditional sanitary fitting (such as a shower) or attached to an existing sanitary fitting (such as a tap) the end user is essentially protected at the point of use. T-Safe® provides the most comprehensive range of POU filtration device solutions on the market and includes handheld shower filters, wall mounted shower filters, tap filters, in-line filters and kitchen spray filters.
When to use T-Safe® POU filtration?
The use of POU filtration is recommended by both Health and Safety Executive in HSG274 and by the Department of Health in HTM 04 01. The guidance states that POU filtration should be used primarily as a temporary measure until a permanent safe engineering solution is developed, although long-term or permanent use of such filters may be needed in some healthcare situations or where there is no other safe alternative. T-Safe® point of use filtration should be used;
- As an interim safeguard where control measures have been ineffective e.g. laboratory analysis results confirming the presence of harmful micro-organisms in the water system, loss of temperature control, loss of biocide application or secondary disinfection control.
- As a long-term safeguard where there is no effective alternative or where additional protection is required for vulnerable patients, residents or building users e.g. in augmented care areas or residential care homes.
- During periods of plumbing refurbishment and maintenance work.
- During engineering remedial works.
- Where high levels of disinfection of water systems may dislodge biofilms.
- Seasonally unoccupied buildings, that are not drained down or decommissioned.
- Where there is a confirmed or suspected infection from the water system.
- 1 µm sterilising grade hollow fibre membrane point of use filtration.
- Biomaster antimicrobial additives and smooth internal and external surfaces reduce risk of retrograde and cross contamination.
- Integral back-flow devices prevent seeding of the system upstream
- Filtration efficacy tested in accordance with ASTM 838-05
- Biomaster antimicrobial additive efficacy independently tested in accordance with ISO 22196.
- WRAS approved products-complaint with EU food and drinking water directive EC 1935/2004.
- Constant flow technology ensures consistent water flow performance over a wide range of water system pressures ensuring optimum end user experience and comfort
- Optional replacement filter cartridges for permanent or reusable POU devices
- Cost in use savings with long life cycle of up to 92 days, using less filters and reduced labour and management time.
- Water and energy savings providing ROI opportunity.
- No adopters or connectors required for shower filters.
T-Safe® Point of Use Filtration Products
Shower heads and hoses should be kept free from organic matter through periodic, cleaning descaling (and disinfection in Healthcare facilities) on a quarterly basis or at greater frequencies as stipulated by the risk assessment in accordance with the Health and Safety Executive HSG 274 and the Department of Health HTM 04 01 guidance.
This represents a significant challenge for building managers owing to the sheer extent of the task, the need for staff training and competency assessment, labour and consumable costs, the use of harsh chemicals and the adverse impact on building users due to unavailability of key services during maintenance.
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.
The T-Safe® Shower Panel range has been designed specifically for building managers that are presented with the challenge of controlling the risk of exposure to harmful waterborne pathogens in facilities that have little used showers, are infrequently used or only seasonally occupied.
Utilising a combination of point of use filtration and automatic flushing technology T-Safe® Shower Panels provide an assured control measure forming part of an overall effective Water Safety Plan. The risk of stagnation can be significantly reduced through the use of fully programmable automatic flushing cycles aligned to an individual shower or whole buildings pattern of use. Flushing can also increase turnover of water in the system in an effort to achieve and maintain temperature control.
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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