What's involved in an LEV System Servicing Plan?
With many companies offering LEV servicing plans, what should you be looking out for in a service contract to ensure that your LEV systems are working efficiently and effectively and continue to comply with HSE regulations
Regular LEV System Checks
To ensure that your system continues to work effectively over time, we would suggest that a service plan should include checks every 3 months - by a competent LEV engineer. You should also be looking to carry out visual checks in between and your servicing company should advise what these should be.
It also makes sense to combine one of these visits with a yearly LEV test, which must take the form of a Thorough Examination and Test (TExT) carried out by a 'competent person' - it is a legal requirement for companies to carry these out every 14 months or more if they have LEV systems.
What checks should be carried out?
During a service visit, a competent service engineer will inspect your system for any visual damage such as dents, tears and leaks. All of the fixings should all be checked from the inlet to the discharge.
They will also test the components within the system to ensure they continue to work efficiently and effectively.
Ducting will be inspected to ensure that there are no blockages that could be affecting the way your system is running - the build up of materials such as wood dust, flour dust, rubber or diesel soot can potentially cause a fire - whilst the build up of heavier materials such as metals (such as those released from grinding) can lead to ducting collapsing. Blockages within the system can also create additional resistance and may lead to mechanical costs in the future - the LEV system's fan can end up working harder to ensure the same volume of airflow until it may burn out and need to be replaced. The fan will also use more energy and lead to higher electrical costs if it is having to work harder due to blocked ducting.
The LEV service engineer will also check the parts within the system to check whether any might need changing or cleaning in the near future. These would ideally include filter efficiency checks and endoscope examinations of system internals - both of which are performed by Vent-Tech engineers. If any need for new parts or system cleaning is identified, then the works can then be completed when it is convenient for the customer, preventing unexpected breakdowns which can be expensive and potentially lead to product downtime.
Who should carry out your LEV Servicing?
Your servicing should be completed by a competent person/team. In practice we would recommend that you check that your engineers hold BOHS qualifications P601, P602 and P604 - enabling them not only to diagnose problems but also provide solutions. The engineers should also be able to demonstrate experience of servicing LEV systems - ideally within your industry sector. If you want to be absolutely confident that you are working with a company who knows what they are doing, any reputable company should also be able to provide you with client referees.
What if there are Unexpected Issues?
However good the system and servicing, there are going to be times when unexpected issues arrive. What's important here is how quickly your servicing company responds to the issues and how quickly they can get hold of parts. Vent-Tech customers on a service contract have the peace of mind of knowing that they will receive a response with next steps within 24 hours, and we can even hold replacement parts for your systems.
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