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Cooling water systems must be managed safely in order to prevent the growth and transmission of Legionella bacteria.
In 2018, NSW Health strengthened the legislation to require a risk management approach to managing cooling water systems.

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Approved forms and tools

Approved forms, templates and checklists are in place to assist a range of stakeholders in complying with the legislation.

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Legislation

The Public Health Act and Regulation define the roles, responsibilities and basis for managing cooling water systems and other regulated systems.

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Independent auditors

Auditors assess the compliance of cooling water systems with the requirements of the Risk Management Plan and the Public Health Regulation. Auditors must be approved by the NSW Health Secretary.
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Guidelines

Guidelines for the safe and effective management of cooling water systems and other regulated systems are provided for all stakeholders to use.

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Training

Training

NSW Health has developed the Legionella Control in Cooling Water Systems training program together with TAFE NSW to assist stakeholders in complying with the legislation.

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Factsheets

Factsheets are available for stakeholders to better understand their roles and responsibilities in  managing cooling water systems in NSW.

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Warm water systems

Warm water systems, including thermostatic mixing valves (TMVs), may allow the growth and transmission of Legionella bacteria and are a regulated system under the Public Health Regulation.
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Page Updated: Friday 10 August 2018