The Importance of Scheduled LEV Testing
Posted on April 20th, 2017
We can all be a little forgetful at times. We can forget where we have put our car keys or to pick up bread and milk on the way home from work. Or, sometimes things can simply escape our notice. It could be a colleague’s new and expensive haircut or a coin down the side of the lounge cushion.
In terms of providing a safe work environment for our employees, or a safe learning environment for our students, however, there are just some things we don’t want to forget. Some things are far too important to simply escape our notice.
One thing that is often forgotten or escapes people’s notice is testing their local extraction systems to ensure they really are working to their full potential. Of course, we want to be vigilant when it comes to the protection of those under our duty of care. If we are not, we could put the health and safety of others at risk unnecessarily. Or worse, be partly responsible for workplace mishaps.
Regulation 9 of the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) regulations stipulates that LEVs (Local Exhaust Systems) be fit for purpose, in good repair and in effective working order. It also requires you keep information confirming that the LEV system provides the necessary protection.
Clearly, scheduled LEV testing and keeping associated documentation is a must. Aside from wanting to provide a safe environment for all those concerned, really it is a statutory requirement. As such, we must ensure that these procedures are carried out correctly.
How Often Should LEV’s Be Tested And By Whom?
COSHH specifies that LEVs must be examined and tested every 14 months. Depending on the intended usage, that interval can be even shorter. If this regular testing is not carried out, defects that limit the effectiveness of the LEV may go undetected. Test and repair records must be kept for a minimum of 5 years.
It is a legal responsibility to ensure that tests and repairs be carried out by a competent and qualified person. If it is done “in-house” or by someone who is not suitably qualified, then the extraction system may not be working safely and efficiently. In such a case, you essentially accept liability if someone is harmed due to inadequate extraction. A competent examiner, on the other hand, will provide the necessary assessment and verify the extraction system is meeting the required level of performance.
BenchVent and Scheduled LEV Testing
You are probably now feeling somewhat worried and overwhelmed. However, there is no need to hit the panic button yet. If you are the new owner of or wish to purchase a BenchVent product, then BenchVent can look after the required testing and maintenance for you. Leave it the hands of experienced professionals who can ensure you meet statutory requirements. BenchVent works with approved partners to provide independent, regular, onsite LEV testing and repairs for your company or school.
Allowing BenchVent to handle your scheduled LEV testing means you will be providing a safe and healthy workspace for your employees or students. LEV maintenance need never be forgotten or escape your notice.
Contact our team on 01423 790 039 to discuss the benefits of scheduling your LEV Testing.