In this article, we’re looking into the HSE’s HSG258: Controlling Airborne Contaminants at Work: A Guide to Local Exhaust Ventilation (LEV) guidance. We’ll look into what is it, how it forms part of broader guidance and how you can comply with it.
What is HSG258 Guidance?
The HSG258: Controlling Airborne Contaminants at Work: A Guide to Local Exhaust Ventilation (LEV) guidance explains how local exhaust ventilation (LEV) can help employers effectively control exposure to gas, vapour, dust, fume and mist in workplace air by extracting the clouds of contaminant before people breathe them in. It primarily focuses on designing Local Exhaust Ventilation (LEV) equipment and describes the principles of designing, commissioning and testing effective extraction systems. It provides written guidance for employers and health and safety managers, who are looking to protect their workers from substances hazardous to health.
The guidance is in place to ensure the best method of controlling exposure is adopted and adhered to in the workplace. It gives information to employers about their legal responsibilities, the principles of effective LEV design, what elements make up a LEV and system documentation (including maintenance regimes and logbooks).
How Does HSG258 Apply to COSHH Guidance?
According to the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) Regulations 2002, control measures, such as local exhaust ventilation (LEV) should be provided to help protect workers from exposure to hazardous substances in the workplace. Hazardous substances could include dust, fumes, vapours, gases and mists that are produced in the workplace.
The COSHH regulations apply to a wide range of substances that are at risk of causing harm to health if ingested, inhaled or absorbed by (or come into contact with) the skin (or other body membranes.
How Can You Comply With HSG258 Guidance?
You and your business can comply with the HSG258 guidance by providing a comprehensive LEV system to control dust, fumes, vapours, gases and mists in the workplace. We offer a comprehensive LEV Installation and LEV Testing service.
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We’ll call to arrange a convenient time and date to visit your site. We’ll analyse your working processes, assess the substances used and the contaminants generated. We’ll work out how best to control the dust and fume in a way that’s in line with your COSHH risk assessment. Next, we’ll design you a comprehensive LEV system that adheres to HSG258 guidance and send this you to via email.
We’ll do all this to ensure we fully understand your dust and fume extraction requirements and help you to provide a pollution-free workplace!
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