REC Now Offer Local Exhaust Ventilation – LEV Testing


LEV Testing and Examination Services

Regulation 9 of the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (CoSHH) Regulations requires that any measures taken to provide effective control through the use of Local Exhaust Ventilation (dust or fume extraction equipment) must be maintained in effective working order and also in good repair.

Who needs LEV Testing?

Every Local Exhaust Ventilation (LEV) system must be examined and tested at least once every 14 months, with certain processes requiring a more regular frequency of testing.  Regulation 9 also specifies that records of all test results must be kept including details of any repairs carried out as a result of the examination. These records should be kept for a minimum of 5 years.

It’s a popular misconception amongst operators of LEV systems that their system must be maintained, examined and tested by the original supplier of that equipment.  This service can actually be provided, in many cases, far more cost effectively and efficiently by an independent specialist who can give impartial advice on the legal requirements under the CoSHH regulations.

LEV Testing Services

In accordance with HSG 258 (“Controlling airborne contaminants at work: a guide to LEV”), REC can provide a ‘thorough examination and testing’ of your LEV systems by a competent person. Our detailed report will include a prioritised list of any remedial actions for the employer to be aware of and to act upon.  It will also include:

  • Discovery of failures in system and inlet points
  • Measurement of the effectiveness in operations according to the design specification (where provided)
  • Identification of design flaws
  • Expert analysis of results
  • Identification of any maintenance issues potentially affecting performance

Our team of staff are fully competent and BOHS P601 qualified, as recommended by the HSE, meaning you can be sure of a professional, cost effective solution to your LEV testing needs.

For further information or to discuss your LEV testing requirements, please contact your local office or contact us online.