A cooling tower is a heat reducing system used in air conditioning where water is used to cool the air. As water is stored in cooling towers, they can be a perfect breeding ground for Legionella and other bacteria to grow.
Relevant sections of the OHSMS
Where/when would these issues be relevant?
This is relevant for the Department's sites where a cooling tower system is installed
What do you need to do?
In Victoria, the owner of the building in which a cooling tower system is installed needs to register each system with the
Department of Health and Human Services.
Register your cooling tower system with the Department of Health and Human Services.
|Regional / Central Office|
Check that your Shared Services Provider is registering the cooling tower system with the Department of Health and Human Services.
Request a copy of the completed registration documentation.
Develop a Risk Management Plan that includes the following risk factors:
nutrient growth, including the presence of algae;
poor water quality;
deficiencies in the cooling tower, including issues with physical design and condition;
location of and public access to a cooling tower of system.
Make sure that the planned program of maintenance and microbial testing for the cooling tower is happening as scheduled and is conducted by a qualified contractor.
Cooling towers should always be installed and positioned so that people conducting the testing and maintenance can easily and safely access all parts of the cooling tower.
Retain all test certificates and maintenance records.
Legislation, guidance and Codes of Practice
Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008
Public Health and Wellbeing Regulations 2009
Building Act No. 126/1993 (Version incorporating amendments as at 1 May 2011)
Health (Legionella) Regulations 2001
Building Regulations 2006
Building (Legionella Risk Management) Regulations 2001
Plumbing (Cooling Towers) Regulations 2008
AS/NZS 3666 Air handling and water systems of buildings – Microbial control
OHS Advisory Service on ph. 1300 074 715 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Department of Health and Human Services- Cooling tower systems