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NSW Legionella Regs - Riding the Changes


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NSW Health is making significant changes to the Legionella Regulations. This will mean every cooling tower system will need to have a Risk Management Plan which will be audited annually. There are are raft of changes as detailed.

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NSW Legionella Regs - Riding the Changes

  1. 1. Riding the changes in New South Wales BY NICK DUNCAN
  2. 2. Legionella Management is Changing in NSW These changes will shift the industry from a self-regulated model to an Australian standard risk management framework. The first steps have already taken place in the form of compulsory monthly testing with government notification for reportable test results. Significant changes to enforcement mean that stakeholders must continue to work together
  3. 3. Risk Management Plans One of the next changes to be introduced are risk management plans for each cooling tower system. The timeline for completion is based on each local government’s risk assessments, with high-risk systems to be completed before September 2018, medium-risk before December 2018 and low-risk in March 2019. These risk management plans must be completed by “competent individuals” on the NSW Health “Approved Form”. In the future, risk management plans will be reviewed yearly for high-risk systems and every five years for medium- and low-risk systems.
  4. 4. Provision of Previous Years’ Documentation Buildings with cooling tower systems will need to provide five years worth of documentation to their local government within four hours of initial request. This documentation can include service reports, risk management plans, audits and the contact details of each person who has worked on the system over the previous five years. This is likely to pose a significant practical challenge given the changes that can occur in building ownership and management, as well as the contractors engaged over a five-year period.
  5. 5. Renewed Focus on Safety With increased auditing, development of risk management plans and government involvement, the suggested changes will lead to a greater focus on consultant and inspector safety. There will be additional focus on the various environmental and safe-handling aspects associated with chemical handling, storage and maintenance. We support any outcome that will deliver an improvement on public health in New South Wales.
  6. 6. New Framework Support Hydrochem strongly support the new improvements to cooling tower system regulation in New South Wales. While there will no doubt be some difficult, with NSW Health’s upcoming education program we expect to see widespread levels of acceptance and significant improvement for public health. For more information, visit the following site: