Queensland now has some of the most stringent water risk management requirements for hospitals and residential aged care facilities in Australia.
The Public Health Act 2005 (the Act) has been recently amended to improve the management and control of water-related hazards in healthcare facilities.
Overview of the new Requirements
Who does this concern?
These requirements extend to:
- Queensland Health hospitals with inpatients
- Queensland Health operated residential aged care facilities
- Licensed private health facilities
The requirements will be extended to the private residential aged care sector at a later date, following consultation with the sector.
What are the new requirements?
In keeping with the amended Regulation (Public Health Regulation 2005), from 1 February 2017 facilities will be required to:
- Develop a water risk management plan,
- Ensure water risk management plans are complied with,
- Notify the chief executive of the Department of Health, within 1 business day, when it is confirmed that Legionella has been detected in water used by a prescribed facility,
- Submit periodic reports summarising the results of Legionella tests for a prescribed facility.
One simple way to ensure that you comply with your water risk management plan is employing the services of an accredited analytical laboratory.