We recently uploaded a blog all about Local Exhaust Ventilation (LEV). This was the first blog in a series of two about LEV.
In this article below, the second of our free advice guides, we’ll go into more detail about the law and LEV, what we do and how we can help you.
Legal LEV testing requirement
It is a legal requirement, as set out in the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, for any employer to maintain healthy working conditions for their employees.
Under the current Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations (COSHH), which govern the LEV industry, any employer using LEV in the workplace must have equipment examined and tested every 14 months to ensure it’s working effectively and safely.
Regular LEV testing
As Regulation 9 – (1) of COSHH states, a LEV system needs to be: ‘... maintained in an efficient state, in efficient working order, in good repair and in a clean condition’.
We can help you do this through regular LEV testing and servicing.
Testing determines how effectively a LEV system operates and removes dust and fume contaminants from the atmosphere, so that people cannot breathe them in, before discharging them safely.
Delivering a safer workplace
Good LEV service regimes, alongside regular testing, ensure that existing LEV systems continue to remove contaminants in the air before people breathe them in, delivering a safer workplace and a cleaner environment.
Our LEV expertise & services
We’ve decades of industry experience in dust extraction and thorough LEV testing, inspection, repair and maintenance for all types and sizes of businesses, UK-wide and overseas.
We undertake comprehensive examinations of LEV equipment, as well as providing extraction servicing and remedial works. We measure technical performance using state-of-the-art calibrated equipment to assess the effectiveness of a LEV system.
Where appropriate/necessary, we make recommendations and can supply/order parts for any repair work.
All our inspections and tests are fully in accordance with current COSHH, BOHS & HSE guidelines.
Our LEV engineers hold the BOHS (British Occupational Hygiene Society) P601 ‘Commissioning and Thorough Examination and Testing of Local Exhaust Ventilation Systems’, which the HSE guidance (HSG258) refers to as one measure of competency in this area.
HSG258 – relates to guidance on the maintenance, examination and testing of LEV, commonly used to control the release of hazardous airborne substances in the work environment.
We also hold the P602 ‘Design Principles of Local Exhaust Ventilation Systems’ and the further P604 ‘Performance Evaluation & Management of Local Exhaust & Ventilation Systems’ certifications.
Our LEV testing services include:
• A physical inspection of the system inclusive of a system diagram
• Providing a comprehensive LEV report, detailing performance rates of each system
• Issuing a certificate of compliance within COSHH requirements – should the LEV system meet HSE guidelines
• A range of service packages & maintenance
• Carrying out assessments/commissioning of new ventilation systems
• Supply and install new LEV systems & filtration solutions.
Our reports will clearly address and assess whether your LEV system complies with all current regulations and legislation.
Why choose us?
Find out more about our expertise, accreditation and skills-base here.
If you’d like to find out more about the legal LEV testing requirements, and the services we offer to ensure you are compliant and your workforce remains safe, please contact us for a free, friendly, informal chat.
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