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.
Our Environmental Health Officers have authority to inspect public swimming pools, spa pools and associated premises.
Under the Public Health Act 2010; a public swimming pool or spa pool means a swimming pool or spa pool to which the public is admitted, whether free of charge, on payment of a fee or otherwise, including:
- a pool to which the public is admitted as an entitlement of membership of a club, or
- a pool provided at a workplace for the use of employees, or
- a pool provided at a hotel, motel or guest house or at holiday units, or similar facility, for the use of guests, or
- a pool provided at a school or hospital
For more information and resources regarding the public pool requirements, please see the NSW health Website: It’s a requirement for public pool operators to notify councils health department of their current and any change in details, this can be done by completing and submitting this form
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:
- NSW Government: Swimming pool register
- NSW Health: swimming pool and spa advisory document
- NSW Health: public health legislation
- NSW Health: swimming pools and spa pools (public).
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 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 is a potentially fatal type of lung infection (pneumonia) caused by bacteria (Legionella) that can spread through contaminated cooling water systems and warm-water systems.
To help control legionnaire’s disease, AlburyCity Council maintains a register of water-cooling systems (including cooling towers) in buildings and warm-water systems in hospitals and nursing homes. These systems must be managed safely in order to prevent the growth and transmission of Legionella bacteria.
Occupiers (or owners) must ensure that their cooling water systems comply with the Public Health Act 2010, the Public Health Regulation 2012 and Australian Standard 3666: Part 1, 3 & 3 (2011).
Owners and occupiers who install and operate such systems must, by law, notify AlburyCity (email@example.com). Please review NSW Health’s Legionella control webpage for details, including registration forms, templates, guidelines and factsheets (https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/environment/legionellacontrol/Pages/default.aspx). Or for more information, please contact an Environmental Health Officer at Albury City Council on (02) 6023 8111 or via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.