Local exhaust ventilation
LEV systems must by law be checked every 14 months. In 2016, a manufacturer was fined £800,000 after three workers developed debilitating lung conditions following exposure to working metal fluid mist. The HSE found prevention measures were ‘inadequate’ and failures in the provision of health surveillance, which would have identified the issue earlier.
LEV systems control exposures to hazardous substances; these can include fumes, dust and vapours.
Without the correct checks, the organisation responsible for the equipment would be in breach of COSHH regulations and could be putting workers are at risk of becoming ill or worst contracting lung diseases.
Where possible we observe users of the systems to identify any interaction that may be detrimental to the employee’s exposure.
How our experts can help:
- A typical examination and testing procedure is carried out
- Health surveillance
- Collection of air samples to measure exposure to hazardous substances and assesses the effectiveness of the system as used in the workplace