Occupational Hygiene - Local Exhaust Ventilation



Some manufacturing processes produce dust which can pose a risk to employees, whilst others such as welding can produce harmful fumes and gases. These risks can be mitigated using a Local Exhaust Ventilation (LEV) system, which carries away airborne contaminants or gases before they can be inhaled.


Without an LEV system, workers could be at risk of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which includes bronchitis and emphysema, as well as an increased susceptibility to pneumonia and asthma. Prolonged exposure to welding fumes can also cause metal fume fever and even cancer.


Meeting Obligations

The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health regulations (COSHH) aims to ensure the safety of all people who deal with hazardous substances. Employers need to assess the risks associated with the handling and use of hazardous substances and eliminate the risks where possible. In addition, employers have an obligation to protect employees through the correct operation and maintenance of LEV equipment under:

• The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002
• Control of Lead at Work Regulations 2002
• The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012

LEV equipment will only be effective when matched to the type of work being carried out and used correctly, maintained and tested. Employers are required to ensure that LEV is thoroughly examined and tested by a competent person.

The Health & Safety Executive published HSG258: Controlling airborne contaminants at work: A guide to local exhaust ventilation (LEV), which offers guidance for employers who use, or intend to use LEV. This sets out three main requirements:

• A physical examination of the whole system
• Testing of whole system performance, measuring flow rates for speed
• Evaluating the effectiveness of control measures

Your occupational hygiene partner

Bureau Veritas works with employers, especially those in the manufacturing and food sectors, to help achieve and maintain compliance of their LEV systems.

We can plan, schedule and undertake inspections at the required frequency in line with best practice guidelines and provide detailed inspection records. We are also experts at evaluating the effectiveness of control measures, in line with HSG258.


Services

• Workplace exposure assessments
• Mechanical inspections

Benefits

• Achieve and maintain compliance with all relevant regulations
• Demonstrate your commitment to the health and safety of employees
• Gain complete peace of mind from a trusted, independent compliance partner

• Access to a full range of testing, inspection and certification services from qualified Bureau Veritas expert


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