Protect your employees from airborne pollutants with LEV

Protect your employees from airborne pollutants with LEV

Did you know there are 2.25 million businesses in the UK? 450,000 of those businesses are putting their employees at risk everyday by not controlling hazardous substances in the air.

The risk could easily be mitigated with a Local Exhaust Ventilation (LEV) system, however, only 260,000 businesses actually have LEV. A huge 40% of businesses that need it, don’t have one installed.

LEV systems need testing every 14 months to make sure they are in good working order, but only around 110,000 businesses get theirs tested, meaning many businesses with the system could also be putting their workers at risk.

What is LEV?

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. Common issues occur from breathing in flour dust in bakeries, mist from paint spraying, fumes from welding or solvents from painting.

A well maintained LEV system removes hazardous substances from the air before people breathe them in. To provide the necessary protection, the system must be working efficiently, and this is where regular LEV testing comes in.

Why is regular LEV testing important?

Regular LEV testing is vital to keep your equipment safe, in prime working order, in line with regulatory changes and HSE standards. More importantly, it helps protect employees from work-related harm.

LEV testing shows whether your system has any mechanical issues which put employees’ health at risk. Leaving the problem will only result in more costly repairs, an inefficient system and unprotected staff.

How can EEUK help?

We can help you to avoid potential fines and protect your employees by carrying out an examination and test of your LEV equipment. We can also support you with training your employees to use the LEV properly.

Talk to a member of our team today to find out how we can make sure your employees are kept safe from hazardous airborne substances.

If you want more information, download the HSE’s guidance on LEV testing