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

Approved forms for cooling water systems

The Public Health Regulation 2012 requires six approved forms to be used to document certain aspects of managing a cooling water system:
  1. Risk Management Plan
  2. Audit report
  3. Monthly report
  4. Notification of reportable test results
  5. Application for approval to audit cooling water systems (currently being finalised)
  6. Notification of installation or change in particulars.
Further information is provided in the NSW Guidelines for Legionella Control in Cooling Water Systems.
 

Local government authority acronym list

Local government authorities should use this Local government acronym list to issue unique identification numbers for cooling water systems.
 

Trigger Action Response Protocols (TARPs) for cooling water systems at thermal power stations

Under the Public Health Regulation 2012, a cooling water system at a thermal power station must be maintained in accordance with the Thermal Power Station Main Water Cooling Systems—Trigger Action Response Protocols.
 

Inspection checklists for authorised officers

These inspection tools have been developed by the NSW Ministry of Health to support regulators in local councils and Public Health Units to carry out inspections regarding installation and maintenance of cooling water systems.
Industry stakeholders may also wish to use these tools to ensure they are meeting their obligations under the Public Health Act 2010 and the Public Health Regulation 2012:

  • cooling water system installation inspection checklist (currently being revised)
  • cooling water system operation and maintenance inspection checklist (currently being revised).

​​​​Templates for improvement notices and prohibition orders

Improvement notice

The Improvement Notice - Regulated systems template has been developed by the NSW Ministry of Health to support Authorised Officers to serve an improvement notice, pursuant to sections 41 and 42 of the Public Health Act 2010, if the officer believes, on reasonable grounds, that a regulated system does not comply with, or is not operated or maintained in accordance with, an enforceable requirement.
An improvement notice requires an occupier at a premises at which a regulated system in installed/operated/maintained to comply with the specified enforceable requirement. Local regulators will need to update/modify this template with their own information as required.
 

Prohibition order

 Prohibition Order – Regulated systems template has been developed by the NSW Ministry of Health.
A prohibition order in relation to a regulated system orders, pursuant to section 45 of the Public Health Act 2010, the immediate shut down and cessation of operation of particular premises at which a regulated system is installed until a Certificate of Clearance is issued. A prohibition order can only be issued if the Director General/local government authority/General Manager of a local council believes on reasonable grounds that:
a. that any of the circumstances in which an improvement notice may be issued exist and that:
i. the occupier has not complied with an improvement notice within the time required under the notice, and
ii. the issue of the prohibition order is necessary to prevent or mitigate a serious risk to public health, or
b. that any of the circumstances in which an improvement notice may be issued exist and that the issue of the prohibition order (without first issuing an improvement notice) is urgently necessary to prevent or mitigate a serious risk to public health.
Local regulators will need to update/modify this template with their own information as required.
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