Cooling towers and evaporative condensers
All premises where cooling towers and evaporative condensers are situated must register with the Council. The Council should also be notified if the unit is decommissioned and/or disinfected, or where there is a change in owner (within one month of this occurring).
Councils are legally required to publish the register of Cooling Towers and Evaporative Condensers that operate in their area.
Why is this required by law?
Cooling towers and evaporative condensers are often linked to outbreaks of legionnaires disease. Legionnaires disease is a pneumonia type illness, caused by the bacteria, Legionella pneumophila. The bacterium is carried in small water droplets and is commonly found in poorly maintained cooling towers.
Operators of cooling towers and evaporative condensers should ensure there is a programme of maintenance for the system, including cleaning and disinfecting regimes.
Registering a cooling tower or evaporative condenser
The notification should include the address of the premises, number of towers/condensers on site and the details of a responsible person who may be contacted should it be necessary.
Right of appeal
Notifications will not be rejected.
Health and Safety Executive
The Notification of Cooling Towers and Evaporative Condensers Regulations 1992
Page last reviewed: 16 October 2023
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