A company in Edinburgh has closed three of its water cooling towers, amid concerns that one of the towers could be the source of the deadly outbreak of Legionnaire's disease.
North British Distillery Company was served an '"Improvement Notice" by the Government's Health and Safety Executive:
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. However, the company 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.
The company has closed all three cooling towers on the site as a safety precaution.
The Scottish Health Secretary says there are 24 confirmed and 37 suspected cases of Legionnaires' disease. She expects this figure to rise.
Legionnaires' is a disease that strikes fear in people and its history shows it can be deadly.
The Scottish Health Secretary will today update MSPs on efforts to deal with a deadly outbreak of Legionnaires' disease in Edinburgh.