LEV/Indoor Air Quality Monitoring
LEV/Indoor air quality monitoring
Indoor air quality can be affected in many ways. Internal
pollution can be caused by such factors as construction materials
used in the building, furnishings, fixtures, equipment and materials
in use and even the land where the building is sited.
As an employer you have a duty under the Health and Safety at
Work Act 1974 to ensure the safety and wellbeing of your employees
who work in an indoor environment.
The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health
(COSHH) Regulations 2002 requires employers to assess and control
the exposure of their workforce to hazardous materials. The
Workplace (Health Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 also require
that a ‘sufficient supply of fresh or purified air’ is
Building Related Sickness (Sick building
Poor air quality can reduce productivity and increase
sickness absence. The symptoms of building-related sickness can
- Irritation of eyes, nose and skin
- Tiredness or lethargy
- Flu-like symptoms
- Breathing difficulties
How ALS can help
Our consultants have the necessary expertise and
equipment to undertake a thorough building survey, detecting airborne
contaminants including, carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide, volatile
organic compounds, and many more airborne contaminants including
substances as diverse as mercury and lead. The majority of
our equipment is direct reading and will provide instant results.
Other environmental factors such as temperature,
noise, relative humidity, lighting levels and ventilation rates
are also measured. Clients
are then advised on the measures necessary to maintain a healthy
and productive workplace.
Where a local exhaust ventilation system such as dust or fume
extraction is used to control exposure to substances hazardous
to health, there is a legal duty to ensure that the system continues
to operate effectively.
Thorough examination and tests should be carried out at least once
every 14 months to ensure the LEV equipment remains in good working
order and comply with the COSHH Regulations 2002.
How ALS can help
LEV problems may occur due to:
- Blockages or restrictions in the system
- Physical damage to the hood, cabinet or ducting
- Clogged or incorrectly fitted filters
- Malfunction of extractor fan
- Partial blockages causing flow imbalance or turbulence
- Incorrect positioning of extractor hood
- Alterations to ducting or
addition of extractor hoods
ALS can carry out face velocity measurement testing to ensure
that the LEV system continues to operate as originally intended
or identify problems and cost effective remedial action.
Contact us Tel: 01375 673279 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org