What is LEV Testing?
Over time, the performance of a local exhaust ventilation (LEV) system can get worse. This can be due to blocks, leaks, damage or wear. As a result, LEV systems need regular LEV testing and examination.
Background to LEV testing.
Testing is necessary because every year, thousands of people develop diseases from breathing in dust and gases at work. LEV systems are the main engineering control for these hazards. The HSE estimates that twelve thousand deaths each year are due to past exposure to gases and dust.
What are the legal obligations for LEV Testing?
COSHH requires employers to prevent their workers’ exposure to hazardous substances. Where this is not reasonably practicable, they must control hazards adequately. So, it is a legal requirement through Regulation 9, that employers that use LEV systems must arrange for a test at 14 months intervals or fewer. As part of our service, we can tell you when your testing is next due. We can do this free of charge and can also give you a price cut for work covering a number of visits.
The HSE state that around 100,000 workplaces in the UK use LEVs to control the risks of 2.6 million workers. Only 40,000 of these workplaces have their local exhaust ventilation testing carried out routinely. This means that 60,000 companies are open to potential prosecution. Consequently, 1.6 million workers are at risk from hazardous substances.
Who Should Carry Out the Testing?
The Management of the Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 requires that employers must ensure that the person carrying out the test is competent. So, it is important to ensure that the person who checks the LEV has passed BOHS Module P601 “Initial appraisal and thorough examination and testing of local exhaust ventilation systems”. Our P601 staff will carry out LEV testing of your LEVs to make sure they are still working correctly. This will make sure that your company complies with COSHH Regulation 9. If your test shows that your LEV systems are not working as required we will tell you what’s wrong and more importantly, the way to correct it.
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