What is an Authorising Engineer?
Authorising Engineers were developed by the NHS where such specialists are required for large complex buildings with a highly susceptible vulnerable patient population.
Authorising Engineers are subject matter experts derived from several uniquely different disciplines, within healthcare they cover – decontamination, electrical, medical gas and ventilation. Our expertise lies within water and the waterborne pathogens that naturally reside within our drinking water systems, usually in safe low numbers if they are kept under control.
However, more recently not only hospitals, care homes and dental practices are using Authorising Engineers, but Local Authorities, Housing Associations, private landlords, factories, and public buildings. These building owners are all utilising the skills and expertise of such specialists to ensure the correct controls are in place and, more importantly, resources are not being utilised for unnecessary works.
What is an IHEEM Registered Authorising Engineer?
IHEEM is the Institute of Healthcare Engineers and Estates Managers. This institute set up the first register for Authorising Engineers, which was Decontamination. When the Authorising Engineers Decontamination (AED) left the health service, IHEEM started the registration process for AE’s. Since this time the register has grown to cover most disciplines within healthcare.
The benefit of using a Registered Authorising Engineer Water AE(W) is they must have a minimum of 10 years’ recent relevant water systems experience in Operational Management and Statutory Enforcement. They must also have a minimum of 10 years’ recent relevant water systems experience in at least 2 other areas relating to water.
They must also have extensive auditing experience and be able to demonstrate a good understanding of microbiology within water systems. The applicants must submit a practice report on their waterrelated experience and show the last 3 years’ CPD with a minimum of 30 hours per year and sit a professional interview with their peers. The process is not dissimilar to attaining chartered status. The registration only lasts for 3 years when the AE must then reapply for re-registration.
If you employ a IHEEM Registered AE you can be rest assured you are obtaining a competent AE who is an expert in their field.