Get HSE compliant with our LEV testing service. In our LEV testing service, we'll take care of your LEV system's testing to ensure that it is functioning correctly and is compliant with the latest HSE regulations.
Our LEV Maintenance team will arrange a date that’s convenient to you for our P601 certified inspection engineer to visit your workplace and perform a LEV (local exhaust ventilation) test, as per the HSE's HSG258 guidance.
I would have no hesitation recommending Auto Extract Systems to any potential company requiring their services. I've used them for all our LEV testing, certification and repairs over the last 4 years and have been extremely pleased with the service from their staff; they're helpful, professional and committed to giving the best value. The aftercare is second-to-none and the LEV Report Portal is very useful!
An LEV test is also commonly known as a Thorough Examination and Testing (TExT) or a COSHH test. Tests form part of regulation 9 of a COSHH assessment to ensure that adequate control measures are in place to protect workers who regularly work with substances that are hazardous. An LEV test is built from these three core areas...
1.Checking and Maintenance
Checking and maintenance include the examination of the ductwork's condition, including:
mechanical integrity (including corrosion, damage, seals, dampers and sash suspensions)
cleanliness of hoods (including canopies and duct interiors)
the operation of LEV monitors
pressure relief or inerting systems
illumination in booths and hoods
alarm systems operate correctly
water quality check (if appropriate)
make-up air (without draughts or blockages)
and to list spare parts (if required)
2.A Thorough Examination and Test
An LEV test report details:
LEV identity (including its location)
The time and date the LEV test was performed
The control and test methods employed
The comparison with commissioning or subsequent LEV test reports, where available
Technical performance includes:
measuring the static pressure target values in the duct
the points and other identified points
the target velocities for each point and other velocities
the operators' exposure compared to exposure benchmark performance levels
A Thorough LEV Testing Report
The most detailed report in the industry...
Our LEV Testing Report is one of the most thorough and detailed reports in the industry. We stringently test LEV systems to ensure they're performing as per the initial benchmarked performance levels and adhere to HSE's HSG258 guidance.
It is a legal requirement for an employer to look after the welfare of its employees. COSHH regulations (Control of Substances Hazardous to Health) of 2002 and HSE guidance HSG258 state that: "LEV equipment should be thoroughly examined and tested at least once every 14 months."
In addition, an LEV system's records and manuals should be kept in a logbook for at least five years and be kept readily accessible at any reasonable time for an examination.
Additional LEV Testing Benefits
We maintain a secure LEV Test Report Portal. A digital file-sharing platform whereby automatic reminders are sent out to help keep you HSE-compliant. It will also archive documentation after 5 years (as per the HSE's recommendations) to save you time and money on administration efforts.
Minimising Costs and Disruption
We are an established LEV business with over 80 years of experience. We recommend combining both LEV Testing and LEV Servicing services together, typically into one single visit, so it's less disruptive to your schedule.
By scheduling regular maintenance, as part of a PPM (planned preventative maintenance) schedule helps to prevent unplanned breakdowns. Having a comprehensive PPM in place can prevent the potential for breakdown, confirm safety and ensure it the LEV system is in an efficient working condition for operation.
How Frequent Should LEV Systems Be Tested?
We typically recommend regular testing is carried out, typically every 12 months for regularity. However, there are some exceptions to some specific processes, where LEV systems are legally required to have an LEV test more frequently...
Jute cloth manufacturing: Processes in which blasting is carried out in or incidental to the cleaning of metal castings, in connection with their manufacture.
Processes (other than wet processes) where metal articles (other than of gold, platinum or iridium) are ground, abraded or polished using mechanical power. These are required in any room where processes giving off dust or fumes in which non-ferrous metal castings are produced for more than 12 hours in any week.
What If A LEV System Fails Its Test?
In the scenario that an LEV system fails to meet the required benchmark performance levels, recommendations will be made. A remedial works quotation will be assembled to reinstate the LEV system back to the required benchmarked performance levels.
Should LEV Systems Be Serviced?
As part of a thorough PPM (planned preventative maintenance) schedule, we also recommend that LEV equipment should be serviced at least every 12-months and more frequently if its usage is high. This is so it operates within its required benchmark performance and reduces hazardous substances exposure. So, to ensure longevity is preserved, we always recommend that LEV testing is completed in tandem with LEV Servicing.
Want to Save Money?
We can save you money on your LEV testing and servicing with a comprehensive Service Level Agreements (SLA). We can tailor a bespoke SLA for your exact local exhaust ventilation requirements.
We Do Exceptional Customer Service
We conducted over 7,200 LEV tests during 2019. 16% of the LEV test inspections carried out revealed that they had defects that could pose an imminent risk of ill-health to employees.
Customer service forms the foundation of our business and we take a great deal of pride in delivering the highest standard service. We know we offer the most thorough and complete service available in our field.
Safeguard Your Business Today
If HSE inspects your workplace and finds your business to be in breach of health and safety law, you will liable to pay them for their time. Their time will be used to help identify what is wrong and help you put it right. This scheme is known as ‘Fee for Intervention’ (FFI) and is in place to recover costs incurred from the inspection, investigation and enforcement actions. The current rate is £157 plus VAT (per hour).
Reduce the risk of ‘No-Win, No Fee’ negligence claims. Poor air quality can damage a worker's long and short-term health, whilst also impacting their productivity and ability to work. Some common health implications caused by exposure to contaminants (such as fumes, dust, vapours and mists) can lead to occupational asthma, COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) and even cancers.