New water regulations outlaw many care home laundries

Posted on July 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

New regulations came into force on July 1 affecting the use of washing machines connected directly to the mains water supply on all commercial premises, including nursing and residential homes and hospitals. If your business uses a washer, it is worth checking the facts now, to avoid the unyielding hand of the law bearing down on you later. The water regulations classify water usage in terms of five “fluid risk categories” depending on the level of contamination risk which could potentially threaten the mains water supply. All commercial premises using washing machines fall within Fluid Categories 4 or 5 – the highest risk categories. Where a washing machine is connected directly to mains water, there is a risk that contaminated water containing the very substances that you are trying to wash out of your laundry – could flow back into the supply should a fault occur. The Water Regulations Advisory Scheme (WRAS) has stated: “All those responsible for the use of water, such as proprietors of nursing and care ho

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