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Legionella Update: Rise in Number of Cooling Tower Checks

Posted on December 26, 2012

Following on from the outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in Edinburgh earlier on in 2012, an increased number of checks to cooling towers are planned to take place across the whole of Britain in the coming months to ensure the relevant safety standards are met and the risk of such an outbreak arising again is minimised as much as possible.

The safety checks have already begun to take place in the west of Scotland, with the Health and Safety Executive planned to visit and check the condition of cooling towers at sites in Glasgow, North Ayrshire, Renfrewshire and Inverclyde in the coming weeks.

Businesses and organisations with cooling towers in these areas will undergo inspections to ensure that they are managing the risk of legionella appropriately, so as to hopefully avoid an outbreak similar to the one which led to the deaths of three men in Edinburgh.

These checks are just the start of many which are expected to take place across Britain and follow the publication of a safety notice warning of the risks associated with cooling towers and other similar structures. The overall aim of the safety warning and subsequent inspections is to raise everyone’s awareness of legionella and to promote better control of it.

Over the past ten years, it has been found that cooling towers have been identified as being responsible for a large proportion of Legionnaire’s disease outbreaks, and those found to not be putting the appropriate controls in place following an inspection will face significant consequences in the hope that the subsequent number of outbreaks will be reduced.

At COVAC, we obviously take the risk of legionella within cooling towers very seriously, so if you currently feel your towers do not meet the required standard and are in need of repair, get in touch today to discover more on the services we can provide you with to remedy the problem.

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