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Want to protect your workers from hazardous dust and fumes? LEV testing can help you out with that.
Firstly, you will find a lot of equipment in the machining industries. These equipment can produce a lot of pollutants.
For example, they can produce:
- Wood shavings
And so on.
What is the problem with these pollutants? Consequently, they can cause harm to human health.
- Lung scarring
Want to free your workplace from harmful pollutants? Then Local Exhaust Ventilation (LEV) systems are what you need.
There are many different types of LEV systems:
- Firstly, there are fume cupboards
- Secondly, there are welding bays
- Last but not least, there are grease/kitchen extraction systems
When it comes to drawing out airborne pollutants, LEV systems are efficient and productive.
Additionally, all LEV systems have a customised hood, that draws harmful pollutants away before they are inhaled.
How do you make sure that LEV systems work at the best performance? You need a professional need to examine, test and service your LEV system regularly.
Every year, thousands of people die from dust inhalation in the UK. Companies must take action to create a safer work environment.
A good place to start is to install the correct LEV system and equipment in the workplace.
Moreover, you need to make sure that you adequately service these LEV systems. A high-quality LEV testing can save countless lives.
At Ductbusters, we have a team of P601-accredited specialists. Additionally, they are qualified to provide COSHH LEV testing and examinations in the workplace.
A Guide to LEV Testing on Kitchen Extract Systems
What is LEV Testing?
LEV testing can help you create a safer environment in your kitchens.
How? Firstly, thanks to LEV testing, you can ensure that your ventilation systems work properly. A poor ventilation system can cause a risk to health. Whether it be to your employees or visitors.
Even more, here are some of the other disadvantages to poorly-installed LEV systems:
- Firstly, they can run into many faults
- Additionally, they require frequent testing, to ensure they work correctly and safeguard the environment.
In kitchens, employees have to deal with intense heat and cooking fumes. You need an efficient LEV system to safeguard your employees.
Moreover, the law requires you to adequately ventilate your kitchen.
A large part of this is ensuring that the LEV system is working as efficiently as possible.
What are the rules about LEV Testing?
Do you know about HSE’s Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) Regulations? If not, we will break down it for you:
The COSHH Regulations require you to:
- Firstly, test your LEV systems every 14 months.
- Also, ensure your LEV systems work properly
- Finally, install access doors in your ductwork, so that a thorough inspection and cleaning can be provided
Otherwise, you would be in breach of the Health & Safety (Offences) Act 2009.
What can I do to ensure my business remains compliant with legislation?
Firstly, you can use an airflow indicator to check your extraction system is working properly.
Regulations advise five to ten air changes per hour. However, you need to assess your system often. For this, you will need the help of a P601-accredited LEV expert. Simply checking it yourself will not help you pass Health and Safety legislation.
What are the other requirements for LEV systems?
- Firstly, you need to check your system for damage.
- Additionally, you need to act on any problem you find inside the system.
- Moreover, you will also need to provide information to the examiner of your system
For example, you may need to create a report of your LEV system, explaining what the purpose of it is.
Are you unsure about what information you need? We can advise and help you. We can source additional information if there is a problem. Moreover, we can tell you if we have enough information to carry out a test to pass Health and Safety requirements.
How can Ductbusters help me?
In addition to LEV Testing, we can also provide cleaning and servicing.
- Our certified surveyors can provide you with a free site survey.
- Furthermore, we can create a report of where work is needed.
- Finally, we can supply you a rapid quote, shout you need it.
As experienced professionals, we also understand the needs of your business and how disruptive work of this nature can be.
We work cooperatively to create a schedule that does not interfere with your business. Additionally, we can conduct a risk assessment of your premise. We can then inform you of documents/certificates you will need to retain/pass Health and Safety guidelines.
You can contact us on our website or freephone number to arrange for a free quote from one of our qualified surveyors.