Friday, 15 June 2012

HSE serves Improvement Notice on Edinburgh Cooling Tower

Following our earlier blog on the Legionnaires outbreak in Scotland we now understand that The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has served an Improvement Notice on an Edinburgh company for alleged failures to adequately control the risk of legionella in a cooling tower. They visited the company as part of their ongoing investigations in respect of the outbreak. Visits to other companies are ongoing.

The company however has chosen to take all three cooling towers out of operation.

The Notice was served for a failure to devise and implement a sustained and effective biocide control programme in one cooling tower.

Issuing the Improvement Notice does not mean that this cooling tower has been identified as the source of the outbreak. What needs to be understood is that the source of the outbreak may never be conclusively identified.

HSE can issue an Improvement Notice if it believes that correct procedures are not being followed but there is not an immediate risk to workers or members of the public. It sets out what remedial action is necessary and a deadline for its completion.

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1 comment:

  1. cooling towers are heat removal devices used to transfer process waste heat to the atmosphere.