LEV is an engineering control used to reduce the risk of inhalation of substances hazardous to health in a workplace, such as dust, gas, mist, fume or vapour.
Typically, these substances may cause respiratory diseases such as occupational asthma, cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
LEV systems perform an essential function to protect health. They must be properly designed, installed, commissioned, tested and maintained to be effective. It is essential that employers use competent LEV engineers.
PAINT BOOTH AIR QUALITY TESTING
Air Quality requirements for bodyshop spray booths is a necessity. The air supplied by you compressed air system is tested for contaminants such as Carbon Dioxide (CO2), Carbon Monoxide (CO), Oil Mist, Oxygen (O2), Water Vapour (H2O). Certification is supplied to conform with legal requirements and insurance.
AIR QUAL TESTER
The AIRQUAL-1 has been designed to fully comply with the EN12021 legislation for compressed breathing air testing used in respiratory devices within the marine, fire services or anywhere that tests their breathing apparatus. Ensure your breathing air is safe and reliable with the AIRQUAL-1. Our product meets all EN12021 standards and is ideal for use in respiratory devices for the marine, fire service, or any industry that requires rigorous testing. Trust in our expertise for top-quality breathing air.
It is crucial for spray booth users to be aware of the amount of time it takes for isocyanate particles to dissipate, as they may not be able to see the airborne paint mist. To guarantee the safety of engineers, accurate display of spray booth clearance times is necessary to avoid potential occupational asthma caused by high levels of isocyanate exposure.
LEV EQUIPMENT TESTING
LEV or Local Exhaust Ventilation systems are designed to protect workers from hazardous dust and fumes. To ensure the systems are functioning correctly they need regular testing by a qualified person.
The Control Of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) Regulations 2002 requires the thorough examination and testing at least every 14 months for Fume extraction equipment and Respiratory Protective Equipment.
Our experienced engineers are able to carry out this testing on site during machine services to reduce costs using the latest test equipment and practices.
Testing is carried out in accordance with the guidelines set out in the Health & Safety Executives Guidance HSG258.
A thorough visual examination is carried out of the equipment to verify the LEV is in efficient working order, in good repair and in a clean condition.
Mechanical and electrical testing of the unit and its working functions against manufacturers specifications.
Cleaning/replacement of filters if required.
Pass of fail certification.
WELDING FUME REGULATIONS
Welding Fume has always known to be toxic and unhealthy, but it was always assumed it was for heavy welding or galvanised materials. New regulations have come in force deeming welding fume carcinogenic and so fume protection for the welder is now a neccessity.
WHAT IS RPE?
If you cannot achieve suitable protection of personnel using LEV equipment alone then suitable personal RPE equipment must be implemented.
This can be something as simple as an FFP3 Fume mask to a full PAPR welding fume respirator and helmet.
If you are using FFP Type masks then correct face fitting is essential. Recent HSE inspections have highlighted that 50% of personnel were found to have incorrect fitment.
At BWS we supply some of the leading welding fume safety equipment to keep you and your employees protected. As part of this we also carry out inspections and testing to fume extraction equipment according to legislation
Welding EXTRACTOR SERVICE
We carry out welding fume extractor inspection, servicing and testing -onsite.