The Public Health Act 2010 requires Councils to take an active role in ensuring compliance with requirements of the Act at premises where systems have the potential to transmit Legionnaires disease are installed.
“Regulated systems” as defined under the Act include water cooling towers commonly used for air-conditioning or industrial cooling processes and warm water systems such as thermostatic mixing valves and recirculating warm water systems used in hospitals and nursing homes.
Cooling water systems must be managed safely in order to prevent the growth and transmission of Legionella bacteria. Infection may cause Legionnaires’ disease, a serious and potentially life-threatening condition.
Building occupiers are required to ensure that there are six key safeguards in place for their cooling water systems:
Council conducts routine inspections for some regulated systems. Fees are charged for these inspections.
If you are planning to install or operate a regulated system, the law requires you to notify Council within one month of installing or occupying a premises with a regulated system.
NSW Health provides useful information on;
NSW Heath also provides six approved forms which are to be used to document certain aspects of managing a Cooling Water System.