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Kelvin Slade

Year of Award: 2016 Award State: Queensland Trades > General
None > Transport And Infrastructure
The Park Family Churchill Fellowship to research legionella training and implement a course to educate plumbers on infrastructure treatment - USA, Ireland, UK, Italy, Singapore
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The focus of my project was to research international legislation, policy, codes of practice in managing, monitoring and treating Legionella bacterium in complex water supply systems within buildings. On completion of the research, I intend to develop and establish an appropriate training package to educate and train the plumbing industry. 

 

Information contained in this report was gathered during a Churchill Fellowship tour to Atlanta, Belfast, Manchester, Bradford, Leeds, Halifax, Liverpool, Bristol, Rome, London and Singapore.  

 

A perspective on my key findings, where attention should be focused in Australia includes: 

 

  • The publication and adoption of a national Code of Practice for Legionella control
  • Legislated national adoption of AS4032.3 Requirements for field testing, maintenance or replacement of thermostatic mixing valves, tempering valves and end of line temperature control devices
  • Alignment of WH&S regulatory obligations with Legionella guidelines
  • enHealth guidelines edited to be more descriptive and user friendly
  • enHealth guidelines to include definition of capped end and dead leg
  • Legionella training should be mandated for responsible managers and staff in health care facilities and recommended in aged care facilities
  • Water risk assessments mandatory in health care and aged care facilities
  • Entities, consultants or people undertaking water risk assessments should not undertake any required remedial work to avoid conflict of interest
  • Mandatory training for anyone carrying out sterilisation and remedial work such as chlorine dosing and pasteurising.
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