New best practice guidance for local exhaust ventilation (LEV) has been published to help to reduce the risk of thousands of workers contracting serious and life-limiting respiratory conditions such as industrial asthma and pulmonary disease.
TR40: A Guide to Good Practice for Local Exhaust Ventilation has been produced by the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) in association with the Institute of Local Exhaust Ventilation Engineers (ILEVE) – a CIBSE affiliate.
The guide is available now and is free to BESA, CIBSE and ILEVE members. It is aimed at the full LEV supply chain including owner/operators, designers, suppliers, project managers, commissioning engineers, and technical trainers.
BESA and the ILEVE believe that the guidance will play a vital part in promoting competence and professionalism across the LEV sector to protect people from exposure to hazardous substances in a wide range of workplaces.
The two bodies maintain that instances of occupational lung diseases, including lung cancer, caused by dust, fumes and other airborne contaminants in the workplace remain unacceptably high.
The Covid-19 crisis has put health and safety in the workplace under an intense spotlight, which makes the publication of new best practice guidance for the effective design, installation and lifetime maintenance of LEV systems particularly important.
BESA president John Norfolk said: “The measures employers are taking in general to protect the health and wellbeing of their employees will be under even more intense scrutiny as we emerge from the coronavirus emergency… LEV has long been an area of concern because of its crucial role in protecting workers in particularly hazardous environments.”
Compliance with TR40 could help the construction industry to save thousands of workers every year from succumbing to industrial asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and life-limiting respiratory conditions, he added.
The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 (HASAWA) enshrines employers’ statutory obligations and TR40 should also be used in conjunction with the HSE’s guidance HSG258 – Controlling Airborne Contaminants at Work.
This reminds employers that they have “a legal responsibility to ensure that employee exposure to dust/fumes etc. is minimised and well controlled. LEV is an excellent way of doing this”.
LEV experts will be taking part in a discussion about the new guidance and all things LEV during a special joint BESA and ILEVE webinar at 12 noon on Tuesday, June 16. To register go to: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/2245130582610674189
To access the guidance go here.