Thousands of British workers contract occupational asthma and other lung diseases each year due to breathing in dust, fumes or other airborne contaminants at work, often because control measures are not fit for purpose or utilised properly by employees.
LEV control systems aim to remove air pollutants before they enter the workplace, ensuring employee exposure is at a level that is considered as low as is reasonably practicable. It is an employer’s responsibility to ensure the thorough testing and examination of LEV. It is a legal requirement to be undertaken every 14 months.
A BPIF Occupational Hygiene Specialist will carry out a thorough examination and test of your LEV equipment consisting of 3 stages:
A visual inspection to verify the LEV is in efficient working order, in good repair and in a clean condition.
A thorough examination and test of technical performance to check conformity with commissioning and the main requirements of the HSE Guidance Document: Controlling Airborne Contaminants at Work Guide (HSG258).
Assesement to ensure the system is fit for purpose and providing the necessary control.
- COSHH Risk Assessment The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations (COSHH) state that every employer shall ensure the exposure of employees to substances hazardous to health is either prevented or, where this is not reasonably practicable, adequately controlled.
- Workplace Air Monitoring COSHH Regulations employers must ensure that workplace air monitoring is undertaken to ensure adequate control. Workplace Exposure Limits (WELs) for airborne contaminants are listed in the HSE Guidance Document (EH40).
- Legionella Risk Assessment & Ongoing Management The COSHH Regulations and HSE Approved Code of Practice and Guidance Document: Legionnaires’ Disease states that employers have a duty to take suitable precautions to prevent or control the risk of exposure to legionella.
- Respiratory Protection Equipment (RPE) - Face Fit Testing In situations where adequate control of exposure to airborne substances cannot be achieved in line with Approved Codes of Practice (ACoPs) supporting the COSHH Regulations, the Control of Lead at Work Regulations (CLAW), Control of Asbestos Regulations (CAR) and Ionising Radiation Regulations, employers must provide suitable respiratory protection equipment (RPE).
- Noise Monitoring It is an employer’s responsibility to comply with both The Control of Noise at Work Regulations and environmental guidelines for external noise pollution.
- Vibration The Control of Vibration at Work Regulations aim to prevent damage caused by vibration at work. Vibration induced medical conditions can include vascular disorders and long-term neurological and muscular damage.