The law says you must protect your workers health from hazards such as dust, fumes and vapours.Â This means your business probably has a type of extraction system, orÂ LEV (Local Exhaust Ventilation), that removes these hazards from the atmosphere.
Your LEVÂ must be kept in efficient working order and also have a periodic thorough examination and test.
LEV Legal Requirements:
- Local Exhaust Ventilation (LEV) Thorough Examination and Test in line with HSG 258 â€“ Controlling airborne contaminants at work.
- The Health and Safety at Work act, Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations (COSHH) and the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations all place a legal requirement on owners of LEV systems to ensure that they are controlling the operatorâ€™s exposure.
- The thorough examination and test forms part of this legislation requirement where HSG 258 Controlling airborne contaminants at work provides guidance on the minimum requirements.
The content of the Local Exhaust Ventilation (LEV) Thorough Examination and Test is individual to each system installation. For most processes an LEVÂ test will be required approximately every 14 months.Â However, did you know, for some processes your equipment may need testing as frequently as EVERY MONTH!
The following information will help you to check that your businesses is complying with regulations:
Processes in which blasting is carried out in or incidental to the cleaning of metal castings in connection with their manufacture
Jute cloth manufacture
Processes, other than wet processes, in which metal articles (other than gold, platinum or iridium) are ground, abraded, or polished using mechanical powder, in any room for more than 12 hours a week
Every 6 months
Processes giving off dust or fume in which non-ferrous metal castings are produced
Every 6 months
Visit the our Local Area Ventilation page toÂ find out more about LEV. Here youâ€™ll find links to handy websites and videos that will tell you more.