In 2018, NSW Health implemented new Regulations to manage the safety of cooling systems, preventing the growth and transmission of Legionella bacteria.
New requirements for undertaking a risk assessment and documenting it in a Risk Management Plan (RMP) Approved Form 1, commenced in August 2018.
Independent annual auditing of the RMP is a requirement under the Regulations. It is now time for occupiers whose RMPs were completed 12 months ago to engage an independent auditor.
What you need to know
- It is the responsibility of the occupier of the premises to engage an independent auditor to conduct an audit of compliance with the RMP every year
- The independent auditor must document the audit using the audit report (Approved Form 2) and provide it to the occupier
- In conducting an audit, the independent auditor will inspect all documents, generated within the 12-month audit period and obtain evidence that the occupier has complied with all actions and timelines required by the RMP and Regulations
- The unique identification number (UID) allocated to every cooling tower should be used whenever the cooling tower system is being described on official documentation
- The independent auditor is to prepare a certificate of audit completion
- The occupier is responsible for ensuring that a certificate of audit completion is provided to the local government authority within seven days of the audit
For a list of independent auditors – contact NSW Health.
If you have questions regarding your RMP or compliance with the Regulations, please contact your Account Manager:
- Blake Morley 0411 073 257 firstname.lastname@example.org
- Jeff Morris 0408 565 660 email@example.com
- Dom Offord 0404 838 060 firstname.lastname@example.org
- Nathan Ruks 0411 073 259 email@example.com
- Mick Werner 0427 889 709 firstname.lastname@example.org