What is Local Exhaust Ventilation?

Local Exhaust Ventilation (commonly known as LEV) is an engineering control designed to prevent or reduce the level of hazardous substances being breathed by employees in the workplace. Systems usually consist of an inlet such as a booth, hood or cabinet placed close to or around the release point of an airborne hazardous substance. The device is connected via fixed or flexible ducting to the inlet of a fan. The contaminated air is then discharged to atmosphere or back into the workplace after undergoing some form of cleaning or filtration.


What Are Your Legal Requirements?

Regulation 9 of the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) states that all engineering controls provided by an employer should be maintained in an efficient state, be in efficient working order and in good repair. It further states that employers must ensure that thorough examination and testing of these controls are carried out at regular intervals (usually at least every 14 months) and suitable records are kept. The employer needs to appoint a competent person to carry out the thorough examination and testing.


How Can We Help?

In order to comply with these regulations, Total Environmental Compliance Limited are able to provide comprehensive testing programmes tailored to clients needs. Our LEV testing service is undertaken by skilled and experienced engineers who are operational throughout the UK, and are experienced in all types of LEV installations. Testing is carried out in accordance with guidelines set out in the Health and Safety Executives Guidance HS(G)258. All site work and reporting is carried out by Senior Consultants who have passed the British Occupational Hygiene Society (BOHS) Module ‘P601 Thorough Examination and Testing of Local Exhaust Ventilation Systems’ course.

For further information contact us on 0151 257 9302 or via email at info@tecompliance.co.uk