What’s involved in an LEV servicing plan?
Many companies offer LEV servicing, but not all LEV services are the same. This page describes what a good quality LEV servicing plan looks like, so that you keep staff safe and comply with HSE regulations.
Regular LEV servicing
We recommend that an LEV servicing plan should include a regular check by a competent LEV engineer. This will ensure your LEV system continues working efficiently throughout the year. These regular checks should be complemented by in-house visual and qualitative checks, which your staff can carry out.
To comply with COSHH regulations it makes sense to combine one of your checks each year with a Thorough Examination and Test (TExT). This is because a TExT should be carried out at least once every 14 months by a competent person according to HSG258.
What checks should be carried out?
During a service visit, a competent service engineer will inspect your system for any visual damage. This will include dents, tears and leaks. In addition, all the fixings should be checked – from the inlet to the discharge.
They will also check the components of the system. They will ensure these are working efficiently and effectively as originally intended in accordance with the commissioning documents. They will consider whether any might need changing or cleaning imminently. This will include filter efficiency checks and examinations of the system components.
Should the report recommend new parts or system cleaning, then the works can be scheduled and completed by a Vent-Tech engineer when it is convenient for you, thus maximising system availability. This will prevent unexpected breakdowns which can be expensive and potentially lead to production downtime.
Ducting will be inspected to ensure there are no blockages that affect the way your system runs. For instance, the build-up of materials such as flour dust, wood dust, rubber or diesel soot could cause a fire. The build-up of heavier materials like metals released from grinding could lead to the duct collapsing.
As well as these sudden, drastic consequences of blockages, there are longer term issues too. Blockages can create additional resistance in the system that leads to mechanical failure over time and consequent repair bills. An example of this is if a fan has to work harder to ensure the necessary airflow. Not only will this result in higher energy consumption and electricity bills, but it will also mean the fan is more likely to fail and require replacement.
Who should carry out your LEV servicing?
Your servicing should be carried out by a competent person or team. But what does this mean? In practice, we recommend that you check your engineers hold the BOHS qualifications P601, P602 and P604 and ideally the Certificate of Competence (Control). This will enable them to not only diagnose problems, but also to propose solutions.
What if there are unexpected issues?
However good your LEV system and servicing plan is, there will be times when unexpected issues occur. To mitigate this, it is vital to have a responsive servicing company who has access to replacement parts. When you take out a Vent-Tech service contract, you have the peace of mind that we will give a response with next steps within 24 hours of your call.
What service plans do Vent-Tech offer?
If you would like to discuss your servicing requirements, please call 0117 964 7945 or use the contact form above. We’ll be happy to build a service plan specific to your needs.