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LEV Testing and Covid-19

Here for you
We’re on our way to business as usual, so you can rely on us to provide our usual high quality service, whether it’s an existing enquiry, ongoing quote or a new enquiry. 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.

LEV testing
We would like to take this opportunity to remind you that 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 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.

LEV Testing and Monitoring (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 services include:

  • Thorough examination and testing (TExT)
  • System maintenance
  • System design and installation
  • 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) and 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 a 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
  • 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 effective 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.

 

How we can help: Maintenance, monitoring, service and testing

We will carry out a thorough examination and test 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 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.

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