Inspect premises for compliance with water fittings regulations and byelaws

Business Sectors (Suites): Water Fittings Regulations/Byelaws Enforcement
Developed by: Energy & Utility Skills
Approved on: 01 Dec 2018


This Standard is about carrying out inspections of premises to make sure they comply with current water fittings regulations. Premises can be domestic or non-domestic which could include commercial or agricultural premises. Inspections could be of contractors' work for audit purposes.
This includes agreeing inspection details with the people involved, carrying out inspections to determine compliance with regulations and recording and reporting on inspection information.
This Standard is for water fitting regulations and byelaws inspectors.

Performance criteria

You must be able to:

Agree inspection details

  1. confirm the need for proposed inspections in line with organisational procedures

  2. confirm inspection details, special needs requirements, access requirements and any agreed security measures and procedures with those involved

  3. identify equipment which may be required to address safety issues and to carry out inspections in a safe manner

  4. follow organisational guidelines to ensure your personal security when lone working

  5. confirm the time, date, expected duration of the inspection and those who will be attending the inspection with those involved
    Determine compliance with regulations

6. communicate with customers in line with organisational procedures

  1. make accurate observations to confirm the accuracy of information about premises and systems, noting any amendments to be made

  2. use appropriate personal protective and access equipment when gaining access to systems

  3. terminate inspections when hazards encountered and risk assessments indicate unacceptable risk to yourself or others, informing relevant people of the details

  4. carry out inspections in a safe manner with minimum disruption or damage to premises

  5. deal with any damage caused to premises in line with organisational procedures

  6. use accurate information to identify installations that contravene regulations

  7. take immediate relevant action when contravention of regulations constitutes a serious risk

  8. propose solutions and actions which can be undertaken to ensure compliance

  9. identify any planned work activities which may impinge on future compliance
    Record and report inspection information

  10. record the details of inspections in line with organizational procedures, including any implications for future inspections

  11. provide required formal notification to relevant people when non-compliance with regulations is identified

  12. agree a timescale for re-inspection with relevant people when contravention of regulations is identified

  13. check that relevant people understand the implications of identified contravention of regulations

  14. provide complete and accurate inspection information to relevant people according to organisational and regulatory requirements.

Knowledge and Understanding

You need to know and understand:

*Agree inspection details

  1. the regulatory requirements and audit requirements for inspections and the references made to other regulations and standards in the regulations

  2. the importance of making sure inspections are necessary

  3. the implications of an inspection for those being inspected

  4. statutory provisions for powers of entry

  5. the types of safety issues posed by inspections and their implications

  6. details of inspections including date, time, persons, identified non-compliance and legal procedure and who requires them

  7. recording requirements for inspections
    Determine compliance with regulations

8. organisational procedures for gaining access and carrying out inspections

  1. communication skills

  2. techniques to manage conflict

  3. sources of information about premises and systems to be checked, including written information, oral information, sketches and photographs, and the importance of doing this

  4. how to interpret design installation diagrams

  5. regulatory requirements for systems and how to apply them to different plumbing systems

  6. the risks associated with different systems, their complexities, the apparatus used, and the way different systems interact with each other

  7. how to carry out a risk assessment – the hazards associated with inspections and what would constitute an unacceptable or serious risk and organisational procedures for the action to take

  8. who to inform if an inspection is terminated

  9. use of personal protective equipment

  10. safe working practices for inspections and the types of access equipment you may require

  11. guidelines relating to personal security when lone working

  12. the reasons why it may be necessary to disrupt or damage premises and the implications which may be involved

  13. organisational procedures relating to damage to property

  14. what would constitute a contravention of regulations for different types of plumbing systems and the specific part of regulations that they would breach

  15. actions which will ensure compliance, including contamination prevention

  16. methods, use of backflow devices and other fittings and the situations in which they apply
    Record and report inspection information

  17. organisational recording systemsfor compliance and non compliance

  18. which information to update in organisational records

  19. when to provide information to line managers and specialised personnel

  20. organisational processes to follow for both compliance and non compliance

  21. realistic timescales for reinspection and who they need to be agreed with

  22. the required formal notification for compliance with regulations and how to complete it

  23. category of premises according to regulatory requirements


Scope Performance

Scope Knowledge





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Indicative Review Date

01 Dec 2021





Originating Organisation

Energy & Utility Skills

Original URN


Relevant Occupations

Engineering and Construction Trades, Water Inspector

SOC Code



water; regulations; byelaws; fittings; inspection