New Blue Card Part of Water Team Focus on Industry Excellence

Posted: Thursday 22nd June 2017

Energy & Utility Skills to launch the new-look blue card as part of its investment in water safety and the National Water Hygiene Scheme.

The Energy & Utility Skills water team all passed their National Water Hygiene Scheme training, demonstrating that everyone working on the water network must operate to the highest hygiene and safety practices.

As part of its ongoing investment in the National Water Hygiene training, Energy & Utility Skills will officially roll-out its new-look, high quality and more durable card this month.

Maintaining the highest standards of public health is critical, which is why it is imperative that everyone who works with or around the public water supply understands their duties to best practice and risk management.

The National Water Hygiene blue card has become the recognised standard across the water industry, helping to protect the high standards of the UK's drinking water - from source all the way to the tap. Completion of the National Water Hygiene training and becoming a blue card holder, will help to ensure that all water staff can operate to the highest hygiene and safety practices.

Mirroring the recent water company senior executive movement, the whole Energy & Utility Skills water team has now completed the training and are modelling the new card, including the Chief Executive: Client Manager Denise McGlynn, Chief Executive Nick Ellins and Solutions Manager Lucy Ritchie are shown. Rachel Brennan, Head of Skills Solutions and Implementation, has also completing the training.

Mr. Ellins said: "The National Water Hygiene training was introduced to the industry over a decade ago as a collaboration between the UK water industry, key public health bodies and Energy & Utility Skills. It is now becoming established as a vital element in making excellence the standard in public health, and we are proud to have secured our blue cards.

"Individuals who successfully complete the training are added to the Energy & Utility Skills Register (EUSR), which allows employers to verify the skills of their workforce through a trusted online portal at any time. There are now nearly 80,000 cardholders registered on EUSR."

Milo Purcell, Deputy Chief Inspector of the Drinking Water Inspectorate, added: "It is important for anyone working in contact with the water supply, to learn and fully understand their responsibilities to protecting public health and public confidence in drinking water quality. The Drinking Water Inspectorate expects all those involved to operate to the highest standards of hygiene and safety, ensuring that clean drinking water remains wholesome and there is no deterioration to the quality of supply."

Energy & Utility Skills has also formed a strategic partnership with the Institute of Water, the only professional body solely dedicated to the careers of water professionals. The partnership will see the organisations work proactively together to actively promote careers in water and prioritise health and safety.

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