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HSE commence site checks on Legionella in Scotland Ė donít get caught out with no TM44; you would be breaking the Law

Jan 7th, 2013 By Neil | Category:  Air Conditioning Inspections

The HSE and local authorities are carrying out visits and inspections to companies with cooling towers in the west of Scotland to ensure they are managing legionella risks appropriately. TM44 legislation also comes in to play in January 2013 (in Scotland) and whilst it is the remit of Trading Standards to issue fines, any check by HSE could very well include the request to see a TM44. Any company with Air Conditioning over 12kw per building must have an Air conditioning Inspection undertaken to comply with the law.

The inspections follow the publication of an HSE safety notice in July warning of the legionella risks posed by cooling towers and evaporative condensers and are part a wider initiative to promote better control of legionella. It follows an HSE review of outbreaks in 2011 that identified cooling towers and evaporative condensers as being responsible for the majority of the most significant outbreaks in Britain in the past 10 years.

Inspectors from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and local authorities are currently visiting cooling towers and evaporative condensers in Glasgow, North Ayrshire, Inverclyde and Renfrewshire. The checks are expected to be extended to other sites across Britain in the future.

David Snowball, the Director for Scotland & Northern England said: "Inspections are a valuable part of our regulatory action. They are however no substitute for companies meeting their legal duties on a daily basis, given that legionella levels can increase to high levels in a matter of days or weeks."

As part of the wider initiative, HSE and local authorities will also be working with companies and trade bodies to provide advice and encourage the sharing of effective ways of working. Here at ACI Reports, we undertake over 100 site surveys each week, these wider initiatives will not only increase awareness of legionella risk but will promote the compliance necessary to conform to EPBD Legislation.

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