COSHH, or the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations, is a set of regulations that requires employers to control exposure to hazardous substances in the workplace. LEV, or Local Exhaust Ventilation, is one method of controlling exposure to hazardous substances. LEV systems are designed to remove hazardous substances from the air before they can be breathed in by employees. Examples of hazardous substances that may require LEV systems include dusts, fumes, vapors, and mists. LEV systems can be complex and require regular maintenance and testing to ensure they are working effectively.
The purpose of LEV testing is to ensure that the system is working as intended and providing adequate protection to employees. LEV testing should be carried out by a competent person who has the necessary knowledge and experience to assess the system. The testing should be carried out at regular intervals, as specified by the manufacturer or a qualified engineer.
The benefits of LEV testing include:
Protection of employees: LEV testing helps to protect employees from harmful substances that could cause illness or injury. By ensuring that the LEV system is working properly, employees are less likely to be exposed to hazardous substances, reducing the risk of long-term health problems.
Compliance with regulations: LEV testing is a legal requirement under COSHH regulations. By carrying out regular testing, employers can demonstrate that they are complying with these regulations and avoiding the risk of penalties or legal action.
Improved productivity: By ensuring that employees are protected from hazardous substances, employers can improve productivity by reducing the number of sick days and absenteeism due to illness or injury.
Cost savings: LEV testing can help to identify problems with the system before they become more serious and require expensive repairs or replacements. This can help to save money in the long term by avoiding costly downtime and repairs.
Improved reputation: Employers who demonstrate a commitment to employee health and safety are likely to have a better reputation among employees, customers, and other stakeholders. This can help to attract and retain employees and improve the overall reputation of the business.
In summary, LEV testing is an important part of maintaining a safe and healthy workplace. By ensuring that the LEV system is working properly, employers can protect their employees, comply with regulations, improve productivity, save costs, and enhance their reputation.