Other Public Health Services

Our public health and safety role includes responsibilities for:

  • swimming pools and spas
  • asbestos removal
  • fire safety
  • legionnaire’s disease control
  • mosquito monitoring.

Pools and spas

People aren’t the only ones who enjoy a swim. Viruses, bacteria, fungi, amoebae and other parasites can thrive in pools and spas unless they’re properly controlled. People who use public swimming pools and spas can be infected through cuts, wounds, and swallowing or inhaling water.

Public pools and spas

Public pools are more likely to be contaminated than domestic swimming pools, because more people use them. For this reason they need frequent maintenance and testing.

Operators of public pools and spas should have a sound knowledge of pool-operating procedures including:

  • pool equipment
  • pool maintenance
  • pool disinfection requirements
  • water testing
  • first aid
  • life-saving and resuscitation.

Pool and spa operators also need:

  • a contamination response plan to follow in case the pool is contaminated by vomit, faeces or blood
  • a register/log to record the results of every test performed at the pool or spa.

Council inspections

Our environmental health officers have authority to inspect public swimming pools, spa pools and associated premises.

On our inspections we assess compliance with the Public Health Regulation 2012, which requires that:

  • disinfection is automatic or continuously metered
  • the water meets certain temperature and pH standards
  • water testing shows correct levels of chlorine or bromine
  • operators can show their own testing methods and associated records.

Pools on private premises

Swimming pools on residential premises or tourist/visitor accommodation need a compliance certificate (or an occupation certificate that is less than 3 years old). Any such property that’s up for sale or lease will also need a compliance certificate.

Before you apply for a swimming pool compliance certificate, your pool must be registered on the NSW Government’s swimming pool register.

We don’t regulate public health issues for pools and spas on private residential premises, including strata residential buildings.

For more information, see:

Asbestos

Asbestos is no longer used in buildings in Australia but many existing ones contain asbestos materials that can seriously damage human health if not handled properly. There are important steps you need to take to remove asbestos safely. See our Asbestos page for detailed guidelines and requirements.

Fire safety

Fire safety in buildings is a very serious matter. Our Fire safety page gives important information to help you prevent fires and minimise their impact.

Legionnaire’s disease

Legionnaire’s disease is a potentially fatal type of pneumonia caused by a virus (legionella) that can spread through contaminated air-conditioning systems.

To help control legionnaire’s disease, we keep a register of water-cooling systems (including cooling towers) in buildings and warm-water systems in hospitals and nursing homes.

Owners and occupiers who install and operate such systems must, by law, notify AlburyCity (info@alburycity.nsw.gov.au). They must also arrange for a competent person to:

  • demonstrate that the disinfection process used adequately controls microbial growth
  • inspect the system every month and clean it every 6 months
  • undertake regular microbiological water testing
  • keep operation and maintenance manuals on hand
  • keep a logbook detailing all work carried out
  • certify the system each year.

For more information, see NSW Health: Legionella control.

Mosquito monitoring

Mosquito's can spread serious diseases. We have an agreement with NSW Health to monitor mosquito's in Albury. For information on how to protect yourself, see the NSW Health mosquitos fact sheet.