HSE Announce Local Exhaust Ventilation Project

Sheffield Occupational Health and Safety Association (SOHSA) on 2008-04-22 08:16:09

The Project aim is "To bring about a significant and measurable improvement in the coverage and effectiveness of engineering exposure controls, particularly LEV, in Great Britain". In around 10% of UK businesses there’s some respiratory exposure risk. About a quarter of these businesses have LEV and about 40% of these carry out a 14 month thorough examination and test. The standard of examination and test is often poor.  Far fewer LEV systems are routinely checked and maintained by employers between thorough examinations. Inspectors are asked to ensure, at premises where LEV is used to control exposure, that it is well designed, properly installed, properly checked and maintained and properly tested and examined. http://www.hse.gov.uk/foi/internalops/sectors/manuf/030805.htm Other Project activities include supply-side stakeholder agreements and training to improve industry standards of design, application, maintenance, testing and examination. Stakeholder activities will include supply-side ‘roadshows’, communication activities (including targeted activity within the woodworking sector), revised Chartered Institute of Building Service Engineers (CIBSE) written guidance, a new LEV introductory course provided by the British Occupational Hygiene Society (BOHS). New guidance due for publication in May 2008 includes: Priced HSE guidance HSG 258 “LEV: Principles and Practice” Free leaflets, INDG 408 ‘Buying using LEV – an employers guide’ and INDG 409 ‘LEV – a guide for employees’. These, plus further information, will be available via the new website which is due to be in operation by May 2008.

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