07 December 2018 3 mins
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) diarrhoeal diseases which are largely derived from poor water sanitation account for 2.4 million deaths per year (WHO 1999). Implementing effective water safety plans and conducting thorough risk assessments is key to ensuring protection against waterborne diseases.
What Is A Water Safety Plan (WSP)?
A Water Safety Plan (WSP) is a comprehensive risk assessment and management plan that encompasses all steps in water supply, from source to consumption, in order to ensure the safety of potable water.
The Water Safety Plans (WSP) application was first formally adopted in 2000 during the revision of WHO Guidelines for Drinking Water Quality. The risk management practices used in the WSP was based on many aspects of HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points) used in food hygiene and manufacturing.
WSP and risk assessments should comprise of:
What Are WSP Objectives?
According to WHO Water Safety Plans, the WSP objective is to ensure that drinking water is safe. This can be achieved through good water supply practice which encompasses:
When considering hazard identification when conducting risk assessments to form the WSP it is important to consider these factors:
Hazardous events can lead to contamination and can risk the health of humans and the environment. Knowing where hazards can occur and implementing effective risk control measures are critical steps in protecting teams using the WSP.
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WHO - Managing Drinking-Water Quality From Catchment To Customer: https://www.who.int/water_sanitation_health/dwq/wsp170805.pdf
WHO - Guidelines For Drinking-Water Quality: https://www.who.int/water_sanitation_health/publications/2011/dwq_guidelines/en/
Lucion Marine Water Safety Plans: https://www.lucionmarine.com/water-safety-plans
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