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What you need to know about RMPs

A Risk Management Plan (RMP) is an important safeguard in preventing  Legionnaires’ disease, documenting best practices  to control the growth and transmission of Legionella while considering the risks that are unique to the cooling water systems  Under the new NSW Regulations, a RMP must...
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Winner – HydroChem’s Clarity wins ARBS 2018 Software/Digital Excellence Award 2018

Clarity, HydroChem’s water and asset health digital platform, was awarded ARBS 2018 Software/Digital Excellence Award 2018, for bringing an innovative software solution to enhance business operations and customer experience in the ARBS (Air Conditioning, Refrigeration and Building Services)...
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NSW Legionella Control Regulations: UID explained

Following the NSW Legionella Control Regulations, a unique identification (UID) number must be displayed on every cooling tower in NSW As a safeguard during outbreaks of Legionnaires’ disease, UID numbers need to readily and accurately identify cooling towers All stakeholders should refer to...
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What you need to know – NSW Legionella Control Regulations

Following the release of the NSW Legionella Regulations on 10 August 2018, we have outlined essential information to help you understand the changes and how they will impact you in the management of cooling towers Dedicated Legionella Guidelines Website We’ve put together all the...
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New NSW Legionella Regulations – Enacted Friday 10 August 2018

NSW Health has just released the highly anticipated Legionella control regulation to protect the public from Legionnaires’ disease outbreaks caused by cooling towers The new regulations have introduced significant changes to the management of every cooling tower system in NSW With mandatory...
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The Importance of Water Treatment to Prevent Legionella

Cooling tower and an effective water treatment program are critical matters for any facility manager charged with the care of a facility with a cooling tower The Preventing the growth of Legionella is vital to the preventing the spread of Legionnaires’ disease When the bacteria is detected in...
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How steam boiler treatment chemicals help preserve your assets

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The use of boiler treatment chemicals for maintaining and enhancing the life of your boiler can’t be overstated The correct boiler water treatment is critical to any facility where continuing and reliable quality steam is needed, regardless of the age of your boiler The proper treatment assists...
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What Metal is That?

The emphasis on sustainability over the past 10 to 15 years has brought about the introduction of many new technologies Some of these technologies have been introduced to the Australian market from overseas where they have been used for many years, whilst others have followed R&D into...
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Riding the Changes to Legionella Control in NSW

The management of Legionella in NSW is set for some big changes from mid-2018 These changes move the industry from a relatively self-regulated position to the Australian Standard’s risk management framework which is followed by other jurisdictions in Australia NSW Health has already taken the...
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How to Manage and Treat Water during Mining

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Mining sites must comply with water quality regulations during the construction and production phases on site It is imperative to ensure that the users of water downstream don’t have to face water pollution issues Usingpreventive methods along with mining wastewater treatment, minimisation of...
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NSW Cooling Tower Unique Identification (UID) Number

You can now purchase a UID nameplate from HydroChem's shop NSW Health released the new Legionella Control Regulations in August 2018 Under the new Regulations, the occupier must ensure that a unique identification (UID) number designated by the local government authority is displayed on each...
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Proposed NSW Legionella Control Regulations 2018

NSW Health have indicated that the new Legionella Control Regulations will be released in July 2018 HydroChem congratulates the Legionella Taskforce for developing a framework that is logical, thorough and likely, in our opinion, to lead to a direct reduction in the likelihood of a...
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NSW Introduces Mandatory Monthly Testing for HCC and Legionella from January 2018

Until now, cooling tower owners in NSW were not required to test for Legionella or HCC – which has made the maintenance regime in NSW quite different to other jurisdictions The majority of cooling tower owners conduct some HCC and Legionella testing – although many have not been testing...
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NSW Legionella Regulations set to change in 2017

What you must know: Legionella regulatory change expected by the end of 2017 All cooling tower systems will require a risk management plan (RMP) that is audited annually Monthly sampling of Legionella and HCC will be required A large number of Legionnaires’ outbreaks had...
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Melbourne Legionnaires’ Outbreak – March/April 2017

On 12 April 2017 the Victorian Department of Health released an alert advising that “Five cases of Legionnaires’ disease (Legionella pneumophila, serogroup 1) have been identified in the last fortnight involving individuals who have spent time in the eastern half of Melbourne’s Central...
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Controlling Legionella in Australia (Part 2)

Last year HydroChem sponsored a series of technical seminars along the eastern seaboard The seminars highlighted Sydney’s deadly summer and autumn of Legionella earlier this year and touched on some of the key factors that may have contributed to the numerous resultant Legionnaires’ disease...
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Controlling Legionella in Australia (Part 1)

Last year HydroChem sponsored a series of technical seminars along the eastern seaboard The seminars highlighted Sydney’s deadly summer and autumn of Legionella earlier this year and touched on some of the key factors that may have contributed to the numerous resultant Legionnaires’ disease...
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Avoiding the swampy nasties this summer

In the recent summer issue of the Australian Plumbing Industry Magazine, HydroChem's Neil Cox explains the nature of (and what exactly is) a humble swampy and discusses some effective strategies that can be used to minimise the risk of contamination in evaporative systems Download the full...
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CEO secrets: safety in the workplace

Hydrochem is heavily involved in health, especially environmental health Join CEO, Nick Duncan as he talks safety and caring for long term employees with a specific focus on training and induction on handling chemicals in the workplace Safety’s always been a priority for the...
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CEO secrets: the value of staff and longevity at HydroChem

While some account managers have been with the organisation for over 25 years HydroChem have remained extremely focused on fulfilling the needs of their staff and, in turn, fulfilling the needs of the clients "I had a meeting with a client, one of the main things they reinforced with me was...
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The power of innovation in the water treatment industry

HydroChem has been around for over 40 years and a key focus is staying abreast of advancing technologies in the current climate "Recent advances that we have made are things like digital reporting All of our technicians in the field are able to send their reports from the field and the delivery...
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Cooling Tower Water Treatment Services

Cooling Tower Chemical Treatment in Australia Different water filtration systems each offer differing benefits and associated costs Understanding the differences in these technologies is necessary for proper selection In February’s edition of HVAC&R Nation magazine HydroChem’s Roy...
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See HydroChem’s new factory and digs

In the recent move to a new factory, we have seen some very positive changes to the way we do business at HydroChem The new 'campus feel' like facility introduces self-driving forklifts and robotic arms that are responsible for chemical handling, eliminating risk to staff in the warehouse The...
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Introducing Clarity: A world first online application to control Legionella outbreaks.

A new online application currently being rolled out to its clients by water treatment company, HydroChem presents real-time field data in visualisations so users can quickly view and understand vast amounts of asset water health information at a glance Its innovative distillation of big data may...
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HydroChem’s Legionella seminars a clear success

In November we, at HydroChem, sponsored a series of technical seminars along the eastern seaboard The seminars were timed to coincide with Australia’s seasonal shift, and provided a comprehensive look at the control and management of Legionella both here and abroad The series was titled...
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What is Legionnaires’ disease?

Legionnaires’ disease (Legionellosis) is a severe and potentially fatal form of pneumonia caused by colonisation of the respiratory tract with Legionella bacteria It is contracted either through the inhalation of water aerosols containing the bacteria or through aspiration (when contaminated...
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HydroChem deploys big data in fight against Legionella

Clarity water management app may be key in fighting Legionella A new online application currently being rolled out to its clients by water treatment company, HydroChem presents real-time field data in visualisations so users can quickly view and understand vast amounts of asset water health...
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Spring, a dangerous time for Legionella

Frequent outbreaks The last New South Wales summer was long and hot, and this meant air conditioning systems battled away at a higher load for longer periods than they normally would Legionella outbreaks were more frequent, particularly in the city of Sydney HydroChem’s State Manager for NSW,...
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What you need to know about the new national Legionella guidelines

With the recent release of the National Guidelines for Legionella Control for health and aged care, many organisations have been asking questions about what the changes are and what they mean for their facility Michaela Toohey (Hydrochem's Strategic Business Unit Lead, Commercial & Water...
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How HydroChem responded to Sydney’s legionnaires’ outbreak

The Sydney Legionnaires' disease outbreak in March left one dead and nine others hospitalised See our timeline below as an example of how HydroChem responds to such outbreaks How does HydroChem assist Note: HydroChem is not associated or implicated with the Legionnaires’ outbreak, but as an...
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How to achieve effective disinfection in health facilities drinking water distribution systems

In contemplating different water treatment options hospital engineers, infectious disease specialists and even the board and executive often have very differing opinions on what is the best method What they all want to achieve is an efficient and safe system that delivers Legionella...
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Warm Water Systems – ORP vs. UV Disinfection

HydroChem have been carrying out Legionella testing at facilities throughout aged care facilities in New South Wales for the past few years Some of these tests have brought to light a very worrying result Results showed that systems treated by Ultraviolet Disinfection Systems were showing a...
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How can ice machines spread legionnaires’ disease?

A brief rundown of how Legionnaires' disease can be spread through ice machines “A palliative care patient has tested positive for legionella pneumophila at The Wesley Hospital and an ice machine has also returned a positive result Queensland Health has confirmed an investigation is under...
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Evaporative air cooler maintenance schedule checklist

Ensure your evaporative air cooling systems are properly maintained with this helpful checklist Below is the first in our series of downloadable resources for safe water treatment Ensure your evaporative air cooling systems are properly maintained with this helpful checklist   Click...
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Legionella and the Impact on Health and Aged Care Providers

In industries often touted as underfunded, many healthcare and aged care providers operate from ageing facilities, often decades old As such, these premises can contain complicated networks of old or disused pipes, making them ideal breeding grounds for Legionella colonisation While the...
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Australian Cases of Hepatitis B, Meningococcal and Legionnaires

The following graph provides a comparison of Australian cases of Hepatitis B, Meningococcal, Legionnaires notified in Australia, in the period of 1991 to 2015 Click on the graph for more data and to explore certain datacards     SOURCE: National Notifiable...
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IHEA Highlights Part 2: Optimising Cooling Systems Efficiency

HydroChem was proud to once again sponsor the recent IHEA national conference held in Perth, Western Australia, in September 2015 This was a fantastic 3-day event, which showcased cutting edge developments in health infrastructure and innovative solutions to the challenges that hospital...
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IHEA Highlights Part 3: Water Hygiene in Health Facilities

HydroChem was proud to once again sponsor the recent IHEA national conference held in Perth, Western Australia, in September 2015 This was a fantastic 3-day event, which showcased cutting edge developments in health infrastructure and innovative solutions to the challenges that hospital...
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IHEA Highlights Part 1: The Emergence of Integrated Data (IoT)

HydroChem was proud to once again sponsor the recent IHEA national conference held in Perth, Western Australia, in September 2015 This was a fantastic 3-day event, which showcased cutting edge developments in health infrastructure and innovative solutions to the challenges that hospital...
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Statistics of the Growth in Legionella Cases in Australia Since 1991

The number of cases of Legionellosis notified in Australia, in the period of 1991 to 2015     SOURCE: National Notifiable...
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Robina Hospital chiller plant optimisation

Below is a presentation made by Kieran McLean from Siemens Ltd at the IHEA conference this year It outlines the updates made to Robina Hospital's Chiller Plant system to optimise it's operation and the benefits it gave the hospital after it's implementation   embed-container {...
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Lessons from IHEA 2014: Water Treatment in Healthcare Facilities

Learn what you can do to drive down the risks and costs associated with water treatment at your hospital, hot off the press from the IHEA What the IHEA conference pack includes: Presentation and paper on Fighting Legionella: Lessons from 100 Australian Hospitals • An evaluation of which...
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Global Legionella Outbreak Map

Legionnaires' disease, also known as Legion fever, is a severe form of pneumonia caused by the Legionella bacteria, which is found in damp or wet environments with warm, stagnant water Legionnaires' disease was first named in America in 1976 after 182 people fell ill, 29 of whom later died,...
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Legionella detection and risk management

Legionella detection and risk management is a multi-faceted process, but with the right experts and technicians, it doesn’t have to be a complicated undertaking Having the necessary procedures in place to prevent an outbreak far outweighs the risks and processes an organisation will face...
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Legionella Control in water distribution systems – What’s the Legislation in Your State?

  We've created an interactive map that allows you to explore the National Guidelines for Legionella Control in water distribution systems in health and aged care facilities in each state of Australia The Guidelines have shifted the focus of Legionella risk management from warm water...
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Fighting Legionella: Lessons From Over 100 Australian Hospitals

  Below is a slideshare we've created about the risk of Legionella in water systems, and how Hydrochem can help you reduce that risk embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 5625%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 90%; height: auto; } embed-container iframe,...
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AIRAH “Back to Basics – Cooling Towers” presentation

Congratulations to Roy McDougall for his AIRAH "Back to Basics - Cooling Towers" presentation which was attended by over 50 industry participants Roy received many thanks from audience members for his insightful discussion around the challenges posed by water treatment in the current environment,...
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HydroChem: 2015 Environmental Sustainability award winners

We're proud to announce that the HydroChem team picked up Crown’s 2015 Environmental Sustainability award HydroChem received the award in acknowledgement of the cooling tower system filtration project that was implemented across all of Crown Melbourne’s cooling tower systems in...
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How to achieve safe and effective water system that delivers Legionella control

Achieving Effective Disinfection in Health Facilities Drinking Water Distribution Systems In contemplating different water treatment options hospital engineers, infectious disease specialists and even the board and executive often have very differing opinions on what is the best method What they...
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What you missed if you didn’t attend the 2014 IHEA Healthcare Facilities Management Conference

The best practice recommendations we shared at the IHEA conference are here, ready to be implemented in your operations By Nick Duncan The IHEA’s Healthcare Facilities Management Conference last month was a fantastic three days and we were delighted to support the ongoing innovation...
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Warm Water Systems and Legionella

Recently, there have been wide spread reports of a number of cases of Legionnaires' disease at the Wesley Hospital in Brisbane This is an unusual situation because the warm water system has been reported as the source – whereas normally it’s the cooling tower system How should you minimise...
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The 8th International Conference on Legionella

This year sees HydroChem as the Gold Sponsors (and exhibitors) for The 8th International Conference on Legionella at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre What can you expect With a variety of leading industry speakers expected, this conference brings together researchers and...
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Trade Waste & Resource Efficiency Seminar 2013

It's on again - City West Water’s annual Service Provider Expo for businesses involved in trade waste management, resource and water efficiency, and the management and operation of waste and water plant and facilities Attend this free event, hosted By City West Water, to learn more about...
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Australasia’s leading Summit for Field Service & Workforce Mobility

FSM Summit 2013 The 5th Annual Field Service Management Summit is on again and this year HydroChem's General Manager Nick Duncan and NSW State Manager Les Szabo will be speaking on the topic of Building Effective Field Service mobility strategies with the latest technology and devices Bringing...
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V-200PA Automatic Water Filter Wins New Product Contest

The V-200PA Automatic Water Filter was declared winner of the New Product Contest at the Irrigation Show 2009 in San Antonio, Texas, USA Entries were evaluated on a number of criteria including product innovation, water conservation, quality design, ease of use, time savings and user risk  ...
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HydroChem team member Craig Duncan awarded OAM

Congratulations Craig Duncan OAM One of HydroChem's valued team members, Craig Duncan, was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia on Australia Day last month The medal was awarded to Craig for service with the Army Reserves – particularly his conduct during the emergency responses to the...
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Godfrey Hirst Wins 2011 Premiers’ Sustainability Awards

2011 Premier’s Sustainability Awards HydroChem congratulates Godfrey Hirst on winning both the Large Business category and the Premier's Recognition category of the 2011 Premiers' Sustainability Awards A major component of Godfrey Hirst’s submission was the Water Recycling Facility...
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