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From exposure monitoring, to testing and design, we can help you with your local exhaust ventilation needs
Our health and safety specialists, engineers and occupational hygienists can check that your local exhaust ventilation system is effective through:
Employers have a legal duty to ensure that LEV systems are thoroughly examined and tested on a regular basis. Systems must be shown to be fit for purpose and effectively capturing contaminants, which could otherwise pose a threat to employees’ health and well being.
These responsibilities are defined under the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002, as amended (COSHH Regulations) and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) publication HSG258 Controlling Airborne Contaminants at Work.
LEV (sometimes mistakenly referred to as local extraction ventilation) is an extract ventilation system that takes dusts, mists, gases, vapour or fumes out of the air so that they can’t be breathed in. Properly designed LEV will:
A typical LEV system will have:
If your work produces dust (eg flour dust in bakeries), mist (eg paint mist from spraying), fume (eg from welding), gas (eg carbon monoxide from furnaces) or vapour (eg solvents from painting), there may be a risk to the health of your employees.
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.
When developing exposure control measures, ‘process’ means the way airborne contaminants are generated, for example, in woodworking the processes would be cutting, shaping and sanding. The source is where the contaminant is generated by a process. Understanding the process means understanding the creation of ‘sources’. This can suggest ways to modify the process to reduce the number or size of sources, and contaminant clouds. The effective application of LEV requires a good understanding of the process and the sources.
It is crucial that the LEV system designer understands how processes generate sources and how contaminant clouds flow away from source.
General ventilation involves replacing contaminated workplace air with cleaned or fresh air. Dilution or mixing ventilation (clean air dilutes contaminated workplace air by mixing with it) and displacement ventilation (clean air pushes contaminated air away with minimal mixing) are two forms of general ventilation.
LEV involves capturing the contaminant at source before it can mix with the workplace air.
LEV might not be the right control solution when:
(Contains public sector information published by the Health and Safety Executive and licensed under the Open Government Licence).