Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland

Cooling tower safety checks to manage legionella risks

Businesses with cooling towers in the west of Scotland face checks to ensure they are managing legionella risks.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) will visit cooling towers in Glasgow, North Ayrshire, Inverclyde and Renfrewshire.

The inspections are part a wider initiative to promote better control of legionella.

Three men died following an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease in Edinburgh earlier this year.

An HSE review of outbreaks in 2011 identified cooling towers and evaporative condensers as being responsible for the majority of the most significant outbreaks in Britain in the past 10 years.

Similar sites across the UK are also being checked.

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