Key messages

  • Different stakeholders have different responsibilities.
  • Many of the responsibilities are to ensure that the public stays safe from the risks of Legionella.

Stakeholder

Responsibility

Landowner

• Register all cooling tower systems on the land

• Take all practicable steps to ensure that an RMP is developed for all cooling tower systems

• Take all practicable steps to ensure that the RMP is reviewed annually

• Take all practicable steps to ensure that the RMP is audited annually for all cooling tower systems

• Ensure that reasonable steps are being taken to minimise the risks

System owner

• Allocate sufficient resources to manage the risks of Legionella

• Ensure that the Public Health and Wellbeing Regulations 2009 are complied with

System manager

• Ensure that the Public Health and Wellbeing Regulations 2009 are complied with

• Manage contracts that relate to the system

• Ensure that any reports from contractors requiring action are actioned promptly

• Report to senior management any requirements for capital expenditure

• Ensure that reasonable steps are taken to minimise the risks

Property manager

• Manage contracts that relate to the system

• Ensure that any reports from contractors requiring action are actioned promptly

• Report to the client any requirements for capital expenditure, and any significant public health or safety issues

Property maintenance contractor

• Manage contracts that relate to the system

• Ensure that any reports from contractors requiring action are actioned promptly

• Report to the client any requirements for capital expenditure, and any significant public health or safety issues

Mechanical services maintenance contractor

• Manage contracts that relate to the system

• Ensure that any reports from contractors requiring action are actioned promptly

• Report to the client any requirements for capital expenditure, and any significant public health or safety issues

Water treatment provider

• Comply with the Public Health and Wellbeing Regulations 2009

• Provide advice to clients on water treatment issues

• Treat water to minimise risks of Legionella growth

RMP consultant

• Perform a comprehensive risk assessment that identifies risks to the client and recommends corrective actions to minimise these risks

• Ensure that the draft RMP meets legal requirements for client acceptance

Cooling tower supplier

• Confirm that tower meets AS/NZS 3666

Cooling tower system designer

• Ensure that the system meets AS/NZS 3666, and reduces risks of ‘dead legs’ and Legionella growth in general