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LEV Testing Services (Local Exhaust Ventilation)

Every employer who provides extraction equipment to control substances hazardous to health has a legal requirement to examine and test this equipment in order to comply with Regulation 9 of the COSHH Regulations.

The employer must ensure that LEV equipment is maintained in an efficient state, in efficient working order and in good repair.

A thorough examination should be carried out at least once every 14 months and in some cases far more frequently.

It is also the duty of the employer to keep a suitable record of the examination for a period of at least 5 years. This record should also include details of repairs carried out as a result of the examination and test.

Our LEV System Services include:

- Thorough examination and testing
- System maintenance
- System design
- Air quality testing
- Dust surveys
- Stack sampling

What are you doing about it?

Are you aware that your company has a legal responsibility to protect, not only its employees, but the environment as well?

 

We offer performance testing and inspection of LEV (local exhaust ventilation) of dust and fume extraction systems in line with regulation 9 of the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health regulations 2002 (COSHH).

What is an LEV system?

It is any system that:

 

  • Uses extract ventilation to prevent or reduce the level of airborne hazardous substance from being breathed by people in the workplace;
  • Draws pollutants away from a process or operation that is likely to release a hazardous substance into the workroom air; and
  • Consists of an inlet such as a hood, slot, booth or cabinet placed around or close to the point of release of the substance. This device is connected via ducting to the inlet of a fan or air mover.
  • The extracted air is usually discharged to the atmosphere or returned elsewhere in the workplace, having first been cleaned to make it safe for release.

Your responsibilities

Every employer who provides extraction equipment to control substances hazardous to health has a legal requirement to examine and test this equipment in order to comply with Regulation 9 of the COSHH Regulations.

 

The employer must ensure that LEV equipment is maintained in an efficient state, in efficient working order and in good repair.

 

A thorough examination should be carried out at least once every 14 months and in some cases far more frequently.

 

It is also the duty of the employer to keep a suitable record of the examination for a period of at least 5 years. This record should also include details of repairs carried out as a result of the examination and test.

General maintenance, service and testing

Impact Technical Services will carry out a thorough examination in line with COSHH Regulation 9 as detailed in HSE Guide HSG258 "Controlling airborne contaminants at work - a guide to LEV".

 

Our levels of service vary according to your requirements and each visit can be tailored to your individual needs. Some companies choose to take advantage of our multi-skilled engineers by combining the servicing of their extraction/ventilation system with the LEV testing. 

 

This proves to be very cost effective and also gives you peace of mind knowing that your complete system is being tested and maintained by the UK's market leader in air handling and extraction/ventilation systems.

In depth sampling

If you require a more in depth LEV test to include Personal Air Sampling (PAS) and/or Background Air Quality Sampling (BAQS) this can either be carried out as part of the LEV testing or as a stand alone service.

COSHH Regulations in brief

Regulation 7 requires that the exposure of employees to substances hazardous to health be either prevented or, where that is not reasonably practical, adequately controlled.

 

Regulation 8 explains the duty on the employee to use LEV provided and to report any defects observed.

 

Regulation 9 requires that any control measure taken to comply with Regulation 7 must be maintained in an efficient state, in efficient working order and in good repair.

 

Regulation 10 explains the requirements for monitoring the level of exposure to contaminants within the workplace.

 
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