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21st

Australian Guidelines for Legionella Control in Aged Care Facilities 2018

The enHealth "Guidelines for Legionella Control in the Operation and Maintenance of Water Distribution Systems in Health and Aged Care Facilities" and associated risk management template were endorsed by the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee in 2015. As of December 2017 the guidelines now apply to all aged care facilities within Australia.

The design and function of the water distribution system within an aged care facility can affect the potential health risks posed by Legionella. These guidelines are designed to assist Aged Care Facility Managers to assess and manage the risk from Legionella and to support the development of a Legionella risk management plan. 

The guidelines are provided as non–prescriptive guidance materials only and where possible they should be adapted to fit with existing facility risk management processes and regulatory requirements.

The En Health Legionella Control Guidelines outline the following for Aged Care Facilities:

  1. Establishing a Legionella risk management system
  2. Analysing your risk
  3. Managing your risk
  4. Responding to detections or cases
  5. Reviewing your Legionella risk management plan

This is now a legal requirement for all Aged Care Facilities, as such it is imperative that you take the necessary steps to adhere to this new policy.

To read the complete document, click the link below.

"Guidelines for Legionella Control in the Operation and Maintenance of Water Distribution Systems in Health and Aged Care Facilities" (PDF)

For more information on how to create your Legionella Risk Management Plan simply contact us.


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