How Do You Maintain An LEV System?
When you operate a business that generates harmful airborne contaminants such as wood dust, welding fumes, and paint vapours, your LEV system is crucial in protecting you and your employees’ health and providing a safe workplace.
In this article, we explain how an LEV system should be correctly maintained to ensure it is providing adequate protection from harmful airborne contaminants in the workplace.
Why Is It Important To Maintain An LEV System?
Maintaining a Local Exhaust Ventilation (LEV) system is essential to ensure it effectively controls airborne contaminants and provides a safe working environment for your employees. Maintaining an LEV system is critically important for several reasons:
- COSHH Compliance: To comply with COSHH regulations, employers must adequately maintain their LEV system by testing it every 14 months. This ensures the system works properly and effectively protects workers’ health.
- Worker Health and Safety: The primary purpose of an LEV system is to protect the health and safety of workers by controlling and removing airborne contaminants, such as dust, fumes, gases, and hazardous substances. Failure to maintain the system can lead to ineffective contaminant capture and workers’ exposure to harmful substances, resulting in health issues, respiratory problems, or other occupational illnesses.
- LEV Efficiency and Effectiveness: Regular maintenance ensures that the LEV system operates at peak efficiency. If components like filters, fans, or ducts become clogged or damaged, the system’s ability to capture and remove contaminants diminishes. This can result in higher contaminant levels in the workplace and reduced effectiveness of the control measures.
- Longevity of Equipment: Maintaining your LEV system can extend the lifespan of its components and equipment. Components may wear out prematurely without proper care and maintenance, costing you more money in the long run.
How Do You Maintain An LEV System?
If you operate an LEV system in your workplace, there are several things you can do to help correctly maintain it. Here are the general steps to take to help maintain your LEV system:
- Provide Usage Training: It’s essential to train employees who are responsible for operating your LEV system on proper usage procedures and safety protocols. This ensures that your LEV system is used correctly and reduces the risk of damage due to misuse. In addition, it’s essential to ensure that only trained individuals use the LEV system.
- Keep It Clean: Keep all system components clean, including hoods, ducts, fans, and exhaust stacks, by regularly removing any accumulated debris, dust, or contaminants that may obstruct airflow or reduce system efficiency.
- Have It Tested Regularly: To comply with COSHH regulations, a competent individual must thoroughly test your LEV system once every 14 months. Testing your LEV system regularly means faults and inefficiency can be identified and fixed before they become more significant problems.
- Keep Hold Of Test Records: If you operate an LEV system, you must keep the test certificates and results on file for five years. It’s also important to keep detailed records of maintenance activities and repairs.
Overall, proper maintenance helps prevent equipment breakdowns, ensures compliance with safety regulations, extends the system’s lifespan, and protects the health and safety of workers.
At LEV Engineering, we have been designing, installing and testing LEV systems for many years. Our engineers are fully qualified and experienced in all aspects of LEV design. To learn more about what we do or discuss our services in more detail, please call 0116 2764522.