Water safety in healthcare facilities. The Vieste Charter

Ann Ig. Mar-Apr 2017;29(2):92-100. doi: 10.7416/ai.2017.2136.


The Study Group on Hospital Hygiene of the Italian Society of Hygiene, Preventive Medicine and Public Health (GISIO-SItI) and the Local Health Authority of Foggia, Apulia, Italy, after the National Convention "Safe water in healthcare facilities" held in Vieste-Pugnochiuso on 27-28 May 2016, present the "Vieste Charter", drawn up in collaboration with experts from the National Institute of Health and the Ministry of Health. This paper considers the risk factors that may affect the water safety in healthcare facilities and reports the current regulatory frameworks governing the management of installations and the quality of the water. The Authors promote a careful analysis of the risks that characterize the health facilities, for the control of which specific actions are recommended in various areas, including water safety plans; approval of treatments; healthcare facilities responsibility, installation and maintenance of facilities; multidisciplinary approach; education and research; regional and national coordination; communication.

Keywords: Healthcare facilities; Water safety plan.

Publication types

  • Practice Guideline

MeSH terms

  • Health Facilities / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Health Facilities / standards*
  • Health Promotion
  • Humans
  • Italy
  • Public Health / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Public Health / standards
  • Risk Factors
  • Safety / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Safety / standards*
  • Water Microbiology / standards*
  • Water Purification / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Water Purification / standards
  • Water Supply / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Water Supply / standards*