Public Health (Cooling Towers and Warm Water Storage Systems Specialised Systems) Code of Practice 2005 - Australian Capital Territory

Service summary

You will be required to comply with this code if you operate or maintain a cooling tower and / or warm water storage systems. The code sets out the minimum requirements for the operation and maintenance of cooling towers and warm water storage systems (known as specialised systems). It is intended to minimise the potential risks to public health from exposure to legionella bacteria by:

  • Adopting standards for the design, location, commissioning, operation and maintenance of specialised systems at premises;
  • Requiring regular maintenance, inspection, microbial testing and record keeping;
  • Permitting public health officer to check compliance, take samples for testing;
  • Closing of any system or the evacuation of any premises where an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease has occurred; and
  • Requiring a cooling tower risk assessment to be undertaken by a practicing engineer every 5 years.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information and to ascertain the level of compliance (if any) that may be required.

Service type

Code of Practice

A code of practice can be either a legal requirement or non-legal requirement. Legal codes of practice are defined as a result of legislation. Non-legal codes of practice are defined by industry regulators and bodies.

Administering agency

Health Directorate
Population Health Division

Act(s) name

Public Health Act 1997 (Australian Capital Territory)

Contact details

General Enquiries, Health Protection Service
Health Directorate
Population Health Division

Operating address:
Howard Florey Centenary House
25 Mulley Street
Australian Capital Territory 2611
Mailing address:
Locked Bag 5005
Weston Creek
Australian Capital Territory 2611


02 6205 1700


02 6205 1705

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