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LEV Testing UK On-Site - 1 Day + Report & Certification

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Local Exhaust Ventilation

Local Exhaust Ventilation (LEV) is a system designed to minimise the exposure of employees to the fumes, vapours, gases, and contaminants that are the usual by-products in a workspace that deals with spray painting, powder coating, grinding, and other such services.

The main elements in a LEV system include:

  • A hood through which contaminants enter the LEV system
  • Ducting that transports these contaminants to a filter
  • A fan to move the contaminants and power the system
  • A safe exhaust point through which contaminated air can be safely expelled

It’s the onus of the employer to ensure this LEV system works as a whole, is fit for the type of work, and is maintained regularly.

Ultrimax is a supplier of LEV testing services. Read on for more on how to implement and maintain a reliable LEV system.


What to consider when installing a LEV system

Before you think about LEV, you as an employer must make sure you know exactly what needs to be controlled in your business, and then install a working LEV system.

Here’s a quick checklist of what to consider when installing LEV:

  • Know the hazards that need to be controlled in your business
  • Get competent, experienced contractors to implement the system
  • Detail your requirements to the contractor, clearly and in detail
  • When LEV is installed, ensure it meets your stipulated requirements
  • Conduct regular training with workers, on the understanding of LEV, and its proper use


What is local exhaust ventilation testing?

Local exhaust ventilation (LEV) testing is a system of compliances that ensures all areas of a spray booth are compliant, safe, and operating at full efficiency.

At Ultrimax, we provide full LEV testing services to businesses, to ensure full compliance according to legislation, and with little to no disruption to regular business activities.

LEV Testing should be conducted every 14 months to ensure that systems are functioning properly and to identify any potential problems.


Where to buy local exhaust ventilation testers

LEV testing is a delicate matter that must be provided by accredited personnel, in order to ensure safety for you and your people, in high contaminant zones. At Ultrimax, we’re seasoned specialists in testing LEV systems and their applications. For LEV testing, that’s guaranteed to keep your systems harmonious and safe at all times, come to Ultrimax.

Call 01302 856666 or email sales@ultrimaxcoatings.co.uk



Frequently asked questions



How often should local exhaust ventilation be checked?

LEV Testing should be conducted every 14 months to ensure that systems are functioning properly and to identify any potential problems.


How do you measure local exhaust ventilation?

Local exhaust ventilation is measured by a number of factors. These include:

  • Duct velocity
  • Face velocity
  • Capture velocity
  • Performance, or horsepower, of the booth fan


What are the limitations of local exhaust ventilation?

There are two primary limitations to implementing local exhaust ventilation:

  • Maintenance – the system requires regular cleaning, inspection and upkeep
  • Cost – the system may require a large capital investment up front to pay for design, installation and implementation


What are the factors that reduce the efficiency of a local exhaust ventilation (LEV) system?

These are the most common factors affecting the efficiency of a LEV system:

  • Poor design
  • Lack of regular and planned testing
  • Neglect and lack of maintenance
  • Damaged or blocked ducting and filters
  • Unauthorised system changes
  • Incorrect system calibrations
  • Faults in the fan or vents


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Making The Process Simple

Adapting to Your Business Needs

Local Exhaust Ventilation Testing Across The UK:

1 UK wide service - we can provide LEV testing to a all corners of the UK

2 We can provide you with a routine LEV test every 14months or less, checked, safe and approved on a schedule to ensure your production facility remains compliant.

3 Regular LEV Tests by a competent person are a legal requirement of COSHH (Control of Substances Hazardous to Health) regulations.

Choose Ultrimax to keep you compliant for LEV...remember the HSE can close down your facility immediately if you do not have an up to date LEV test. Call 01302 856 666 to book a comprehensive LEV Test with one of our P601 accredited LEV Engineers.

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The What & Why of LEV?

What is local exhaust ventilation testing (LEV testing)?

According to the HSE’s Occupational Lung Disease report for Great Britain 2017, 12,000 lung disease deaths each year are estimated to be linked to past exposures at work. This has led to understandably stringent guidelines and statutory requirements for Local Exhaust Ventilation (LEV) to prevent later life illnesses.

HSE published the third edition of HSG258 ‘Controlling airborne contaminants at work: A guide to local exhaust ventilation (LEV)’ in 2017. This guide provides guidance on the design of new local exhaust ventilation (LEV) equipment. It describes the principles of deciding on, designing, commissioning and testing effective LEV. Take a read if you are considering implementing a new LEV system at your facility.


Why Does LEV Need 14 month tests?

COSHH regulations require most LEV systems to be thoroughly tested at least once every 14 months, depending on usage some systems may require an earlier test than 14 months.

This applies to all oil mist, welding fume, smoke and dust extraction units that you currently have on site. This examination must be undertaken by a competent person and the tests and reports must conform to HSE standards. The HSG258 document above provides the recommended procedures to achieve these statutory requirements.

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What's in a LEV Report?

Professional Analysis and Testing

Ultriamx can provide comprehensive LEV Testing for all makes and types of extraction equipment, working strictly in accordance with HSG258l guidelines. Our LEV Testing Kit include measuring the air flow speed (velocity) of the air being extracted at the source and in the ducting.

The results are compared with the requirements specified in the original system design and our expert analysis, based on years’ experience in the manufacture and design of LEV systems, allows us to provide practical advice and recommendations.

Our LEV reports include photos and/or schematic diagrams showing the Test Points, which are also clearly identified on the ducting, as required by the HSE.

LEV Testing is a legal requirement for compliance with health and safety standards and test reports often form part of a company's insurance. Inadequate testing can result in employers being prosecuted, insurance being invalidated and employees falling ill.


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LEV Report Breakdown

All LEV Test Reports Conducted by Ultrimax include the following information:

  • Initial risk assessment - Safety policy assessment
  • Complete Method statement
  • Customer name and date examination took place
  • Reference number for system that the report relates to
  • Substance / process being controlled
  • A photo of the LEV system and product reference
  • Details of the systems intended performance
  • Test point details
  • Quantitative assessment readings and details of any repairs required
  • Statement of competency for the Test Engineer
  • Report observations and recommendations for improvement

Don't settle for less - it may endanger the lives of your workforce and insurance!

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Free HSE Resources for Local Exhaust Ventilation (LEV)

Is your organisation compliant?

Clearing the air A simple guide to buying and using local exhaust ventilation (LEV)

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Time to clear the air! A workers’ pocket guide to local exhaust ventilation (LEV)

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Controlling airborne contaminants at work A guide to local exhaust ventilation (LEV)

HSG258 >>

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Download The Ultrimax LEV Guide Free

Ultrimax have provided a full guide to :

  • What LEV is
  • How often you need to report LEV Testing
  • What person is qualified to assess your facility
  • What an accredited report should look like
  • Handy Tips if you are thinking of creating a new LEV system at your facility
  • How to book an LEV test with Ultrimax


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