Dust Control Environmental help schools stay compliant with LEV (Local Exhaust Ventilation) testing

Dust Control Environmental help schools stay compliant with LEV (Local Exhaust Ventilation) testing

Whether it is woodworking, metal working, Science or Art, these activities, which take place in schools, colleges and universities around the country, can release into the atmosphere, dust, chippings and fumes, which when inhaled can cause serious health problems.

Education facilities are legally obligated to follow guidelines set by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) to provide an efficient dust extraction (LEV) system specifically designed to control and extract harmful substances at source, protecting staff, students and the surrounding environment.

Once in place the system will need to be sufficiently maintained and regularly tested to ensure efficient and compliant operation.

What are your LEV Testing Requirements?

The Health & Safety at Work Act mandates regular Local Exhaust Ventilation (LEV) testing to maintain safe working conditions.

The standard interval for LEV testing is every 14 months. However this can vary based on factors such as the process, machinery age, and risk level associated so more frequent testing may be required.

It is advisable to use the services of a reputable LEV testing company where the test inspectors hold the BOHS P601 certification validating their knowledge and skills in thorough examination and testing (TExT) of dust extraction systems aligning with HSE HSG258 guidance.

After LEV testing a competent company will provide transparent results. Areas needing improvement or repair/replacement will be highlighted and this work will need to be carried out to maintain compliance.

Choosing DCE (Dust Control Environmental) for your LEV testing will give you the following benefits:

Expertise: Our P601 qualified engineers are experts in their field, ensuring your LEV systems are tested to the highest standards.

Detailed Reporting: Receive full comprehensive reports that give you insights and clarity on your system’s performance, this also includes an ATEX survey ensuring the equipment is safe to be operated in areas where there is a risk of explosive dust.

Actionable Recommendations: Should any issues arise, we provide clear recommendations for failure corrections and can carry out repairs and part replacements. 

Exclusive Access: Become a member of the DCE onehub, granting you 24/7 access to your LEV test reports, alongside a wealth of useful information, product updates, and service offers.

Cost Savings: Take advantage of our early bird offer—book next year’s LEV test now and secure this year’s pricing.

  • Convenient Reminders: Never miss a test with our handy SMS text reminder service.
  • One Stop Shop: All your LEV parts, maintenance and testing requirements will come under one umbrella.

Ready to Book Your LEV Test?  Contact us today to schedule your LEV test and take advantage of these benefits.

What Efficient Dust Extraction means to your Establishment 

Efficient dust extraction in educational facilities shows a commitment to the health, safety and welfare of staff and students, maintaining compliance whilst minimizing the environmental impact with energy efficient systems and the reduction in expensive repair and replacement of equipment and hardware. 


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