Two of Auto Extract Systems LEV Maintenance and Service Engineers have gained their P601 qualifications. The P601 qualification is in the ‘Thorough Examination and Testing of Local Exhaust Ventilation (LEV) Systems’.
Whilst our LEV Maintenance and Service Manager, Gareth Bamber, also recently gained his P604 qualification. This is an additional qualification in the ‘Performance Evaluation, Commissioning and Management of Local Exhaust Ventilation (LEV) Systems’.
The P601 qualifications provide participants with the knowledge and skills to carry out local exhaust ventilation (LEV) testing services. This ensures that systems are performing to a standard and meet the benchmarked performance levels.
The P601 course is split into five core learning modules these include:
1. Workplace control principles: A theoretical understanding of the best control practices for hazardous substances
2. An LEV systems performance evaluation
3. The health and safety aspects during an LEV systems examination and test
4. A practical understanding of the best control methods through the means of LEV
5. Reporting and documentation of the test
Whilst the P604 course provides participants with the knowledge and skills to commission new and existing LEV systems. This qualification ensures that they are designed, installed and maintained to a standard and effectively control airborne contaminants in the workplace.
The P605 course is split into seven core learning modules these include:
1. Hazardous substances and processes
2. Workplace control principles: A further understanding of the best control practices for hazardous substances
3. Elements of ventilation systems (including capture hoods, air movers, filtration (if required) and discharge
4. Evaluating the performance of ventilation systems
5. Assessment of control
6. Developing an LEV management system
7. Practical work
Both the P601 and P604 courses have been provided by Oxyl8, which is run by Bill Cassells. Bill has over 35 years’ experience in LEV is a former HSE Inspector.
Gareth Bamber, LEV Maintenance and Service Manager stated: “I’m exceptionally proud of our engineers passing their P601 qualifications. I’m always trying to learn and better myself with new skills and knowledge. These courses will enable us [the LEV Maintenance and Service Team] to grow as a team and deliver a higher quality service going forward”.
These new qualifications further bolster the LEV maintenance services we offer. We offer comprehensive LEV Testing and LEV Servicing to all businesses on all kinds of LEV equipment. In 2019, we completed over 7,200 LEV tests across the UK and are confident this will further increase in 2021.
As per HSG258 ‘Controlling Airborne Contaminants at Work: A Guide to Local Exhaust Ventilation (LEV)‘ guidance, LEV systems should be tested once every 14 months. It is a legal requirement under regulation 9 of the COSHH (Control of Substances Hazardous to Health) regulations. However, we typically recommend LEV systems are serviced once every 12 months, for regularity.