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LEV Testing

Local Exhaust Ventilation or LEV testing is a fundamental part of the COSHH requirements.

Demonstrating adequate control of the risks to the health of employees from dusts, mists, fumes and vapours, is the fundamental requirement of the Control Of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) Regulations.

Current regulations require Local Exhaust Ventilation (LEV) systems to be maintained in an efficient state, in an efficient working order and in good repair. All plant deteriorates with time therefore regular monitoring and testing forms an important part of the proactive maintenance.

Every employer’s LEV system requires statutory ‘thorough examination and testing’ by a competent person. The maximum time between tests of LEV systems is set down in HSE guidlines and for most systems this is 14 months. In practice this is normally taken to mean annually. If wear and tear on the LEV system is liable to mean that the system effectiveness will degrade between tests then thorough examinations and tests should be more frequent. (HSG258 Chap. 10)

For more details please see the book "Controlling airborne contaminants at work: A guide to local exhaust ventilation"  HSG258 on the Health and Safety Executive website.

Achieving the required level of control of these risks ensures not only legislative compliance, but also a healthy workforce, which itself leads to a reduction in down time and an increase in productivity.

BenchVent works with approved partners to offer onsite LEV testing which can determine the level of protection required in your working environment.

For more information about LEV or to book an LEV evaluation please contact us or call the team directly on 01423 790039.

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