HSE Focus on Dust & Fumes in the Workplace

HSE Focus on Dust & Fumes in the Workplace

The HSE is now focusing on LEV (Local exhaust ventilation) requirements because although workplace accidents are falling, respiratory disease in the workplace is on the rise.

Thousands of workers in Britain contract occupational lung and other diseases, including cancer, each year. They develop them because they breathe in too much dust, fume or other airborne contaminants at work. The HSE is now focusing on LEV (Local exhaust ventilation) requirements because although workplace accidents are falling, respiratory disease in the workplace is on the rise.

Local exhaust ventilation (LEV) equipment can remove airborne contaminants before people breathe them in.

Recent publications from the Health & Safety Executive have taken a more stringent stance on the installation and maintenance of LEV (Local Exhaust Ventillation) equipment.

Guidance for the user includes:

• It needs to be the right type for the job.

• It needs installing properly in the first place.

• It needs regular checking and maintenance throughout the year.

• It needs testing thoroughly at least once every year.

• If you move LEV, make sure it still works.

• It needs an indicator to show it's working properly.

• You need to check that it works properly every time you use it.

• You need to use it properly.

The Service, Maintenance, Installation and Design team here at Purex have completed the required training and have the credentials to complete the work for and on behalf of our customers.

Bob Pitchford - Director of Sales and Marketing at Purex says, “Purex have built their reputation on providing the best equipment and services into the fume extraction market. We have been working for many months to insure that the control systems used within our equipment complies with the latest HSG258 requirements and we will continue to monitor the legislation so that we can advise our customers of the most appropriate machine, capture device and maintenance program for their process”