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LEV Testing during the Pandemic

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During these unusual times, you can rely on us to provide our usual high quality service. Our engineers are now on site visiting customers to carry out vital service and maintenance to their extraction equipment, testing and maintaining LEV systems, designing and installing dust and fume extraction systems and much more.

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All Local Exhaust Ventilation (LEV) systems must have a thorough examination and test (TExT) at least once every 14 months, so if your system is due a test, please get in touch to arrange this asap.

The HSE has recently updated its guidelines with regards to LEV Testing – Thorough Examination & Testing (TExT) during the pandemic:

  • Businesses and inspection bodies must co-operate to ensure access to plant and equipment for TExT schedules to continue
  • If your business is closed, you should still ensure TExT’s are carried out to remain compliant
  • Critical industries will be prioritised, so other sectors may experience a delay with appointments
  • LEV equipment should not be used if a TExT has expired. Equipment must be safe for staff to use and employers must comply with HSE regulations

Working safely
We are working hard to keep operations running while working remotely, on-site and at HQ and we are in regular contact with our suppliers and contractors to enable us to keep you up and running.

There have been no reported cases of coronavirus in our workforce and we’re carefully following recommendations from the World Health Organisation and the UK Government to make sure it stays that way.

Keeping our staff and customers safe is our top priority, so we have assessed our working environments and put safety measures in place. Our site staff are well equipped with the necessary PPE and we are holding Zoom meetings with customers as well as telephone and email discussions to ensure communication is carried out in a safe manner.

COSHH LEV Testing

Your responsibilities as an employer:

So you have your LEV system in place and your staff are protected, great. How do you keep it that way?

It is a legal requirements for employers to ensure LEV systems have LEV testing also known as a ‘thorough examination and test’ (TExT) at least once every 14 months in order to comply with Regulation 9 of the COSHH Regulations.

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

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 (TExT).

In order to assist you with the above, we can provide you with the following services:

  • LEV Testing – Thorough examination and testing (TExT)
  • LEV system maintenance
  • LEV system design and installation

Welding Fume Extraction Arm

                                                                                                         LEV Extraction Arm & Hood

 

What is an LEV test?

An LEV test is a thorough examination and test (TExT) of your LEV equipment, including the ducts, the hoods and the filters. It will also involve a measurement of the technical performance and an assessment of the working condition of the LEV system.

All examinations will be carried out in compliance with HSE regulations, and Impact Technical Services will advise you of the recommendations to be made, should your LEV system not meet the standards required.

 

Why do you need LEV testing?

The Health and Safety at Work act 1974 and regulation 9 of the COSHH state that Local Exhaust Ventilation (LEV) systems must be monitored and maintained to ensure they are in good working order including those that remove airborne dust and fumes.

The HSE make regular random visits to workplaces across the UK every day to check workers are protected. It is important that you are following the correct procedures in protecting your staff according to HSE guidelines. The HSE will advise any company not adhering to the guidelines and if this is not corrected, a fine will be presented.

LEV testing is relatively low cost and extremely necessary where workers are exposed to hazardous substances such as welding fume, wood dust, flour dust and spray paint fume, for example. There really is no reason not to have annual LEV testing scheduled.

 

LEV testing for welding fume extraction

How we can help: LEV services

We will carry out a thorough examination and test (TExT) in compliance 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 clients choose to combine the annual 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.

Airflow indicators

Airflow indicators are a simple yet effective way of instantly monitoring the airflow of your LEV system. An airflow indicator can be fitted to your systems’ ducting and will provide a visual cue if the system is operating correctly and also if it is not (see image below).

Airflow Monitors | Airflow Indicators

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“I would like to commend your LEV assessor that visited our site this week. He had a very professional attitude to his job and was very patient in answering all questions that where asked of him by way of LEV auditing/testing and compliance. An impressive reflection on the service that you provide as a company…”

HSE-ISO Manager, Packaging manufacturer - Birmingham

“Your engineers were brilliant! Courteous, polite, professional and a pleasure to work with. We now have a happy building user and I am happy!…”

Project Officer, Ministry of Defence - Larkhill

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