BS 8680 - Water Quality. Water Safety Plans. Code of practice

BS 8680:2020

Water quality. Water safety plans. Code of practice

Status : Current   Published : May 2020



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  • BS 8680: 2020 Water quality. Water safety plans. Code of practice
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What is BS 8680:2020 about?

It’s often thought water systems in buildings are safe when connected to public supplies – but this ignores the potential for contamination (both chemical and microbial) and the growth of waterborne opportunistic pathogens within building water systems. BS 8680:2020 sets out guidance and recommendations for developing a Water Safety Plan (WSP) for building water systems.

Who is BS 8680:2020 for?

Intended users include all of those involved in ensuring water is safe and fit for purpose at the point of use, including those responsible for:

  • Design and specification
  • Construction and installation
  • Commissioning
  • Maintenance
  • Operation
  • Alteration and refurbishment
  • Deconstruction

Why should you use BS 8680:2020?

This brand new British Standard gives recommendations and guidance on the development of a Water Safety Plan (WSP). The standard is intended to be used as a code of practice to demonstrate current good practice and compliance.

Poor design and management of water systems in buildings can cause outbreaks of disease. WSPs are the most effective means of consistently ensuring the safety of water supplies through a comprehensive risk-management approach. This is based on identifying all significant risks to public health, ensuring that effective controls and barriers are applied to minimize these risks to acceptable levels, and monitoring the operation of the controls and barriers to ensure that safety is maintained.

The Water Safety Plan is a critical foundation for effective risk management and control for all types of hazards including: biological, chemical, physical and radiological.  The Water Safety Plan would also be very useful for those auditing and inspecting premises. This will assist Water Safety Groups and others responsible for health and safety to ensure there is a holistic approach to water safety across all types of systems and equipment which use or contain water.

The standard applies to all types of premises and undertakings with water systems that can pose a risk to those exposed, either from the water itself or aerosols derived from it, and where a WSP is particularly recommended within existing national guidance, such as in healthcare.

It applies to:

-      WSP development for new buildings

-      Modifications and renovations to existing water systems

-      Retrospective applications to control risks to health from all types of water use

NOTE: This British Standard does not give recommendations for the development of WSPs for regulated drinking water supplies from either a public or private supply, as these are covered in national water quality regulations. For risk assessment for Legionella or Pseudomonas aeruginosa, see BS 8580.

BS 8680:2020 contributes to UN Sustainable Development Goal 3 on ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being for all at all ages. It also supports Goal 6 on ensuring the availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.

Standard NumberBS 8680:2020
TitleWater quality. Water safety plans. Code of practice
Publication Date28 May 2020
Normative References(Required to achieve compliance to this standard)BS 8558, BS 8554, BS 7592, BS 8552, BS 8580-1
Informative References(Provided for Information)BS EN 1717, Food Hygiene (Wales) Regulations 2006, BS 5422, BS 8551, BS 1710, Water Supply (Water Fittings) (Scotland) Byelaws 2014, Water Supply (Water Fittings) Regulations 1999, Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, BS EN ISO 5667, BS EN ISO 14001, BS 8580-2, BS EN ISO 9001, BS 6920, Private Water Supplies (Scotland) Regulations 2006, Water Supply (Water Quality) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2017, Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2000, BS EN ISO 19011, Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, BS EN ISO 12241, Landlord and Tenant Act 1985, Food Hygiene (Scotland) Regulations 2006, Health and Safety at Work (Northern Ireland) Order 1978, BS EN ISO 19458, BS EN 15154, PD 855468, Food Hygiene (England) Regulations 2006, Water Supply (Water Quality) (Scotland) Regulations 2014, Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015, Private Water Supplies Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2017, BS ISO 31000, Water Supply (Water Fittings) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2009, BS EN 806, Pr
Draft Superseded By19/30364471 DC
DescriptorsWater supply, Water supply (buildings), Buildings, Safety, Quality, Water
ISBN978 0 580 51000 7
File Size3.128 MB

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