What does LEV stand for?
LEV stands for local exhaust ventilation. LEV is a control measure for engineering which is designed to help limit workers’ exposure to airborne contaminants within the workplace. This includes contaminants such as dust, fumes, vapour, mist and gas. The idea is that through LEV, emissions can be captured and contained at the source and then transported to a safe emission point.
According to the government legislation set out in HSG258 LEV guidance, sufficient LEV testing should be conducted on all local exhaust ventilation systems at least once every 14 months. These tests and their results should be held on file for 5 years. Employers are responsible for maintaining all of the LEV systems on their business premises in line with CoSHH and LEV regulations.
How often should LEV be inspected?
Local Exhaust Ventilation systems should be inspected and tested once every 14 months in line with government legislation.