LEV (Local Exhaust Ventilation)

According to the HSE, every year, thousands of people in Great Britain die of lung disease or get asthma due to breathing in airborne contaminants at their work place.

 

If your workplace produces any of the following there may be risk to the health of your employees

Dust

e.g.

Wood, flour

 

Mist

e.g. paint spraying

 

 

Fume

e.g. welding

 

 

Gas

e.g. carbon monoxide from furnaces

Vapour

e.g. solvents

 

 

Many employers install LEV to protect their workers health but it doesn’t always work effectively.  It is important that the right type of LEV is installed, that it is used correctly and maintained efficiently. 

What is LEV?

 

LEV (Local Exhaust Ventilation) is an engineering control that takes dusts, mists, gases, vapour or fumes out of the air so that they can’t be breathed in.

 

Properly designed LEV will:

Collect

Collect the air that contains the contaminants

 

 

Contain

Make sure they are contained and taken away from people

 

 

Clean

Clean the air (if necessary) and get rid of the contaminants safely

 

 

Why should I bother with LEV?

 

The law says you must control the risks from hazardous substances (the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations (COSHH).  Installing LEV may help you to do this.  

How can we help?

We are Affiliate members of BOHS and are qualified to the following standards:

 

P601 Proficiency Certificate: Thorough Examination and Certification of LEV Systems

 

P602 Proficiency Certificate: Design and Installation Principles of LEV Systems

 

P604 - Performance, Evaluation, Commissioning and Management of LEV Systems

 

All new systems are designed to meet compliance with HSG258

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