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HSE serves Improvement Notice on Edinburgh cooling tower

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has today served an Improvement Notice on an Edinburgh company for alleged failures to adequately control the risk of legionella in a cooling tower.

The Improvement Notice served on North British Distillery Company Ltd. refers to one cooling tower at Wheatfield Road, Edinburgh, EH11 2PX. However, the company has chosen to take all three cooling towers out of operation.

The Notice can be appealed by the company within the next 21 days.

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

HSE visited North British Distillery Company Ltd. as part of an ongoing investigation into a Legionnaires disease outbreak in South West Edinburgh.  Visits to other companies are ongoing.

Issuing the Improvement Notice does not mean that this cooling tower has been identified as the source of the outbreak.


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