The Water Management Society is to host a webinar entitled ‘On-site testing for waterborne pathogens and speed of response to contamination events’, presented by Dr Paul McDermott, director of PJM-HS Consulting, on 5 December this year.
The session – funded by an educational grant from specialist in rapid microbiology testing for water, IDEXX Water – will be chaired by Elise Maynard of the Water Management Society, and will run from 15:00 – 16:00 (GMT). Dr McDermott will discuss the advantages of undertaking in-house routine monitoring of waterborne pathogens, such as Legionella and Pseudomonas aeruginosa, in healthcare facilities. He will ‘look beyond current guidelines’, discuss ‘the requirements for excellence’ in water sampling and testing, and outline some of the problems that may be encountered with the management of waterborne pathogens. He will also explain how a healthcare facility can set up an effective water safety management team, undertake sampling and testing in-house, and evaluate the challenges and potential benefits. The presentation will also include case studies and testimonials from UK NHS Trusts that have implemented in-house water monitoring effectively.
Dr McDermott, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Public Health, has 13 years’ experience as an HM Specialist Inspector of Health and Safety, and tutors on the WMSoc Healthcare training modules.