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"Every year, thousands of workers in Britain develop occupational diseases from breathing in certain dusts, fumes or other airborne contaminants at work." HSE.
"Local exhaust ventilation, often called dust and/or fume extraction, can help clean the air, before people breathe in these harmful substances." HSE.
If you use an LEV system to remove the dusts, fumes, vapours etc. produced by your work processes or activities, then you must maintain the LEV in efficient working order so it continues to provide the necessary protection. You should also have a periodic thorough examination and test (at least every 14 months) and must keep this record for at least 5 years. In addition, you should have information on the installed LEV system to confirm it provides adequate protection, which should be kept for the life of the equipment.
SEPA( ) are Scotlands enviromental regulator. They are also responsible for helping to implement Scotland's National Waste Strategy and controlling, with the Health and Safety Executive, the risk of major accidents at industrial sites.
What is the purpose of a thorough examination and test?
It is a check that your LEV is still working as effectively as originally intended and is helping to protect your employees’ health. To be able to tell if it is still working as it should, you should be able to provide the examiner with information about the intended or designed performance of your system e.g. hood type and position relative to the process, airflow and other measurements.
This information might be in the form of an initial appraisal or commissioning report, if one was carried out, or for simple ‘standalone’ systems it could have been provided as standard operating data by the suppliers of extraction equipment. Alternatively, it might be found in recognised guidance (including that from HSE) on simple processes/systems. (For examples see
Who can undertake the thorough examination and test and what responsibility does that person have?
Carrying out a thorough examination and test of LEV equipment requires specialist skills and although it is possible to undertake this on your own, most businesses engage someone with specialist knowledge, experience and skills. See It is important that the person who undertakes the thorough examination and test is competent to do so.
The examiner will use information about your equipment’s intended performance to undertake the necessary examinations, tests and measurements to verify whether it is still meeting this level of performance. The report that they provide for you should clearly show whether this is the case and if it isn’t, the report should clearly show what is wrong and what needs to be done to correct it..
It is important that you:
1. Read and understand your thorough examination and test report
2. Ask the examiner questions if you don’t understand anything that it says
3. Make sure you act on the recommendations in the report
What information does the examiner need?
The person who undertakes your thorough examination and test must be competent to do so. See for more information on competence. If you don’t understand what the examiner is saying or what the report means, then ask. A good examiner will be able to tell you beforehand whether they have enough information for them to be able to check if your LEV system is working as intended.
Frequently Asked Questions
The most frequent questions RCS staff are asked are with regards to the regulations set out by the and .
Some Ref Below are extracts from hse.gov.uk: http://www.hse.gov.uk/lev/