Belgium – Cooling equipment legislation

Legislation in BelgiumThe decree of the Flemish government of February 9, 2007 concerning the prevention of Legionnaire’s disease at public places specifies that operators of cooling towers should take following measures:

  1. Develop a written management plan
  2. Submit a report form to the department of “Toezicht Volksgezondheid”
  3. Make sure a certificate of conformity is available at the officer of supervision

In addition the operator of a cooling tower should take samples to define the amount of legionella germs in the cooling water. The samples need be analysed on legionella spp. The sampling and the analyses should be administered according to the method of cooling water sampling and cooling water analyses described by the accredited or licensed laboratory that analyses the samples.

The legionnaire’s disease decree defines maximum values and if these maximum values are exceeded, actions should be undertaken. These actions and maximum values are described for the different types of cooling towers.

This decree is published in the “Belgisch Staatsblad” on May 4, 2007 (page: 23822; Year: 2007; nr. 133)

For the Walloon region and the Brussels capital region, no specific legislation for the control of legionella bacteria exists. However it is strongly recommended to implement a preventive water care and maintenance programme to protect the equipment from corrosion, scaling and fouling and avoid the proliferation of harmful bacteria, including legionella, in the recirculating water.

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