“Where a risk assessment identifies a significant scalding risk is present, e.g., where there are very young, very elderly, infirm or significantly mentally or physically disabled people or those with sensory loss, fitting TMVs at appropriate outlets, such as hand washbasins and sinks is required.” – HSG 274 part 2 p.2.75
HTM 04-01: Supplement – Performance specification D 08: thermostatic mixing valves (healthcare premises) See HTM 04-41 extract.
Page 6 – “it is recognised that users of domestic hot water for ablutionary purposes in health and social care establishments, particularly vulnerable people (see Note below), can be at risk of injury by scalding”. “’Vulnerable people’ are defined in Health and Safety Executive’s Health Services Information Sheet 6 as:
- older people
- people with reduced mental capacity, mobility, or temperature sensitivity
- people who cannot react appropriately, or quickly enough, to prevent injury”