VIC – HENDRY building surveyors advise that on 1 January 2010, the Public Health and Wellbeing Regulations 2009 (PHWR) came into effect.  Included in the Public Health and Wellbeing Regulations 2009  are important changes concerning the regulation of cooling towers and warm water systems for the control of Legionella.  The Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008 (PHWA) was passed by the Victorian Parliament in 2008.  The PHWA commenced on 1 January 2010 and supersedes the Health Act 1958.  A single set of regulations, the Public Health and Wellbeing Regulations 2009 (PHWR) came into effect on 1 January 2010 and replaces ten sets of regulations.  The Public Health and Wellbeing Regulations 2009  also include some aspects that relate to the regulation and management of cooling tower systems as currently regulated via the Building (Legionella Risk Management) Regulations 2001 and the Building Regulations 2006.  For further information on Public Health and Wellbeing Regulations 2009 , go to the Plumbing Industry Website at www.pic.vic.gov.au