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Shower Management

W.E.T’s brand new Hygiene 20 Shower Management service is saving facility teams time and money, whilst achieving an impressive 99.9% kill rate of bacteria currently thriving in shower systems. Directed by the company’s sensible and simple mission, W.E.T has developed an innovative process for managing the quarterly task of descaling and disinfecting showers, flexi-hoses and other water system assets.

Following the successful completion of R&D trials, W.E.T has invested in a new production facility to manage the cleaning of over 100,000 showers; faster and more effectively than any known process available today.

Kills 99.9% of Bacteria

Why Are Showers A High Risk?

  • Aerosol Generating - Showers atomise water, spreading contamination across sites and creating the risk of lung infections, such as Legionnaires’ Disease, when pathogens are breathed in.
  • Roughened Internal Surfaces - Shower hose rubber materials are typically pitted, creating a perfect environment for pioneering bacteria to settle and evade disinfection procedures.
  • Ideal Temperatures - Typical shower operating temperatures are in the optimum range (20oC - 50oC) for many bacteria to proliferate.
  • Stagnation - Even with regular use, shower hoses sit stagnant for relatively long periods of time as they typically do not self-purge.
  • Nutrient Rich Materials - Shower hose materials such as EPDM, even if WRAS approved, will release hydrocarbons used as a food source for harmful pathogens.
  • Filter by Design - Showerheads are a trapping for sediment and nutrients found naturally in mains water supplies, becoming a breeding ground for bacteria.
  • Difficult to Clean - Current cleaning regimes can leave a layer of dead cells and biofilm in the hose length, becoming a food source for new bacteria.

Advice And Legislation

  • HTM 04-01 Part B - Disinfection of showerheads and angle-valve strainers has only a short-lived effect on microbial colonisation and growth.
  • HSG 274 Part 2 – Dismantle, clean, descale and disinfect removable parts, heads, inserts and hoses every 3 months.
  • WRAS – Some non-metallic materials are unsuitable for use with wholesome water, because they support extensive microbial growth.
  • Department of Health – Flexible hoses may have an enhanced risk of harbouring Legionella bacteria and other potentially harmful microorganisms.
  • BS6920 – It is a legal requirement that flexible hoses are assessed by a competent laboratory for their compliance with BS6920: Parts 1 to 3.
  • IHEEM - Pathogens from shower water and aerosolised shower mist are recognised sources of infection for immunocompromised patients.

How W.E.T's 6 stage shower management works:

Shower Management - 6 stage process

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