COSHH Testing & Servicing

Auto Extract Systems Ltd (AES) maintain a team of dedicated inspection engineers trained specifically to COSHH test and service any system of local exhaust ventilation (LEV) supplied and installed by the company.

In addition we can undertake similar work on other installations and equipment of a similar nature irrespective of its origin.

Our in-house bespoke software triggers an annual visit to your site, so you don’t have to remember when your LEV equipment requires re-testing and servicing.

The current legislation regarding the testing of LEV systems (which includes vehicle exhaust, dust and weld fume extraction systems) may be summarised as follows:

Regulation 9 of the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health 2002 Act states that “every employer who provides any control measure to prevent exposure of an employee to a substance hazardous to health, shall ensure that it is maintained in an efficient state, in efficient working order and in good repair” in addition, where engineering controls are provided, the employer shall ensure that thorough examinations and tests are carried out and a suitable record of these be kept and made available for at least 5 years.

In the case of local exhaust ventilation plant (LEV) the examinations and tests must be performed at least once every 12 to 14 months. (In certain circumstances this period is reduced to every 6 months e.g. where metallic dusts are being controlled).

In recognising that this requirement places a substantial burden on most clients, since vehicle exhaust extraction, weld fume and dust extraction systems all fall within this category, AES offer to perform the statutory tests and inspections on the client’s behalf. This offer extends to any item of LEV equipment supplied and or installed by AES and may include any* other LEV system(s). (*Subject to acceptance by AES).

Each COSHH test and inspection includes:

• The setting up of an LEV record for each item of plant. Each record to contain all the necessary information required to comply with the regulation including:
• Name and address of employer responsible for plant.
• Identification and location of LEV plant, process and hazardous substance controlled.
• Date of last thorough examination and test.
• Conditions at time of test.
• Intended operating performance. Current performance. Repairs required to achieve intended performance.
• Test methods employed.
• Date of the examination and test.
• Name, designation and employer of testing officer.
• Authentication by testing officer.
• Details of repairs carried out.

For further information on COSHH regulations etc, please follow this link.