Water Safety & Hygiene

BEAMA members offer expertise on products that improve water safety and hygiene in non-domestic buildings. Building on a strong track record of improving standards and regulations for a key product type, Thermostatic Mixing Valves, these pages offer guidance on a range of products, allowing a system approach to ensuring safe, hygienic and economic distribution of water in buildings.

Click below for an overview of BEAMA Water Safety & Hygiene:
  BEAMA Water Safety & Hygiene

Click below for a BEAMA presentation delivered at the 2013 Combating Legionella conference:
Combating Legionella 2013 presentation

Why are Thermostatic Mixing Valves (TMVs) important?

TMVs accurately control water temperatures for bathing, showering and hand-washing. They maintain pre-set temperatures - even if water pressure varies when other appliances are used. TMVs can be fitted under baths and basins, be part of shower fittings, or as a feature of exposed hot and cold water mixers.

TMVs help to prevent scalding, which can cause very serious and even fatal injuries. Every year around 20 people die as a result of scalds caused by hot bath water and a further 570 suffer serious scald injuries.

Installation of TMVs is recommended in hospitals, care homes and schools. See Frequently Asked Questions for more detail.

A holistic approach to tackling scalding and infection

TMVs are one of an important group of products that help to ensure safe, hygienic and economic distribution of water in buildings.

To provide safe, hygienic and economic distribution of water in buildings, a holistic approach to tackling the crucial issues of scalding and infection is necessary. This can be achieved by ensuring the correct design, installation, use and maintenance of the range of products.

Click the links below for product profiles on BEAMA Water Safety & Hygiene key product areas:

  Thermostatic Mixing Valves product profile
  Backflow Prevention product profile
  Balancing Valves product profile
  Isolating Valves product profile
  Pressure Reducing Valves product profile
  Showers product profile
  Taps product profile


For frequently asked questions on thermostatic mixing valves click here.

For frequently asked questions on the control of legionella click here.

For frequently asked questions on Pseudomonas click here.

Further information and resources will be added shortly.