Public Health (Cooling Towers and Warm Water Storage Systems Specialised Systems) Code of Practice - 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
  • 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 is a set of rules which details how people in a certain industry should behave. A code of practice can be defined as a result of legislation or by industry regulators and bodies.

Act(s) name

Public Health Act 1997 Australian Capital Territory

Regulation(s) name

Public Health Regulation 2000 Australian Capital Territory

Administering agency

Health Directorate

Health Protection Service

Contact details

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Please use these contact details for help or more information:

General Enquiries, Health Protection Service

Health Protection Service

Health Directorate

Operating address: Howard Florey Centenary House
25 Mulley Street
Australian Capital Territory 2611
Phone: 02 6205 1700
Fax: 02 6205 1705