Local Exhaust Ventilation (LEV) systems are crucial for maintaining clean and safe working environments in industries where airborne contaminants including dust, fume, mist and smoke are generated. These systems are designed to capture and remove hazardous substances at their source, preventing dispersion into the surrounding air.
Remedial works can be essential for maintaining the efficiency, safety, and regulatory compliance of all LEV systems:
Over time, the components of LEV systems, such as extraction hoods, ductwork, fans, and filters, can degrade due to wear and tear. Filters may become clogged, fans may lose efficiency, and ducts might develop leaks. Adding additional extraction equipment into the system could also affect performance as the pressure in the ducting may alter.
- Occupational Health and Safety
The primary purpose of LEV systems is to protect workers from exposure to hazardous substances. When these systems are not functioning properly, workers can be exposed to harmful airborne contaminants, leading to respiratory issues, skin irritations, or more severe health problems.
COSHH guidance dictates permissible workplace exposure limits (WELs) for various airborne contaminants. LEV systems are required to meet these standards to ensure that workplaces are safe and compliant. Failure to meet these standards can result in fines, penalties, or even legal action.
An improperly functioning LEV system can consume more energy than necessary, leading to increased operational costs. Clogged filters, malfunctioning fans, or inadequate ductwork can strain the system and result in higher energy consumption.
- Longevity and Cost-Effectiveness
Regular maintenance and remedial works can sometimes extend the operational life of LEV systems. Addressing minor issues promptly prevents them from escalating into major failures that require costly repairs or complete system replacements.
Filtermist Limited provides cost effective services throughout the UK to keep LEV equipment running as it should be:
- Support with extraction systems following machine relocations
- Connecting new machines to existing extraction systems
- Specifying and installing LEV system modifications / upgrades
- Providing LEV improvements in line with test recommendations
- Undertaking LEV equipment repairs
- Installing LEV equipment for a change of process
Filtermist’s P601 and P602 qualified aftermarket engineers also provide servicing and maintenance, as well as thorough examination and testing (TExT) of LEV systems - providing customers with peace of mind that their workforce is protected from exposure to hazardous airborne contaminants and their business is operating in compliance with relevant HSE regulations.
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