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


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.

Act(s) name

Public Health Act 1997 ACT

Administering agency

Health Directorate

Population Health Division

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.

General Enquiries, Health Protection Service

Population Health Division

Health Directorate

Operating address: Howard Florey Centenary House
25 Mulley Street
Australian Capital Territory 2611
Mailing address: Locked Bag 5005
Weston Creek
Australian Capital Territory 2611
Phone: 02 6205 1700
Fax: 02 6205 1705