COSHH REGULATIONS AND THE BOFA PROtect MAINTENANCE PROGRAMME - EXISTING INSTALLATIONS.
The COSHH Regulations, 2002 4th Edition Regulation 9 Item 1: states that all equipment provided to ensure the health and safety of employees must be maintained regularly.
Local Exhaust Ventilation Systems must be inspected and overhauled at least every fourteen months by competent engineers and Re- Certified to be in first class safe working condition. BOFA provides a Maintenance Program to ensure your company complies with the regulations and receives other warranty and discount benefits.
All our Service Engineers are COSHH and LEV trained, independently qualified to HSE standards, DBS (CRB) checked, and Extraction SKILLcard holders.
BOFA is committed to providing reliable, safe, simple to use, cost effective systems that meet and often exceed health and safety legislation worldwide. Our commitment extends to providing Comprehensive Local Exhaust Ventilation (LEV) testing to ensure compliance with the latest Health and Safety Executive COSHH regulations under HSG258 guidelines.
BOFA LEV examiners are (BOHS) P601 certified to ensure you receive the latest LEV testing methods and certification. Updates to our procedures ensure that we are at the cutting edge of legislation, testing and monitoring.
In order to comply with regulation 9/2a of the 2002 COSHH regs, you are required to have a Thorough Examination and Test of all LEV equipment at least every 14 months by a competent engineer. BOFA P601 certified engineers carry out this examination for you to ensure that you are up to date with legislation, and all your LEV equipment is effective at protecting your employees from the substances that are hazardous to their health.
The thorough examination and test checks the control effectiveness of your LEV systems. The test includes air flow and pressure measurements which are then compared to the commissioning report, issued when the equipment was installed. The control effectiveness will be demonstrated to the user by means of a smoke test or Tyndall lamp. A test label will be attached to each machine indicating the date of the test and the next test due date. A “Failed” label will be attached to any equipment which fails to meet the regulations, and use of the equipment should be ceased until a repair has been facilitated.
A test report is compiled for each LEV system. This will include the findings of the engineer, air flow measurements and condition of the examined components. Any recommendations by the engineer will be on the report along with filter condition and replacement record. Your LEV systems will need to be monitored regularly to make sure that they are working. The necessary information will be given to you when the engineer visits, on how to maintain your systems and the regular checks which you should be carrying out. All BOFA LEV systems are supplied with an installation/user manual and a log book, in which you can record your weekly observations. Upon Completion, a Certificate is issued which states that the equipment is suitable for the purpose of effectively controlling the hazardous material.
A COSHH Certificate will be issued on successful completion of the service. All test data will be stored at the BOFA head office for 5 years. ( As per COSHH forth edition 2002 regulation 9 page 47 item 4 ).
BOFA can test all makes of LEV equipment, these include: Hand soldering (tip and volume extraction), Fume cabinets, Re-flow ovens, Wave solder Ovens, Laser engraving and marking, Printing, Dust extraction, Milling, Routing, Nail polish application (beauty salons).
BOFA is dedicated to providing its customers with an unrivalled after sales service. Please use the service support form or contact us to request information on service contracts, warranty claims, COSHH certification and replacement filters.
Compliance requires that a thorough examination of the LEV system should be carried out as part of the installation process and that the examination should be recorded. BOFA will ensure that the LEV system is optimised for effective performance and provide a log book and test certificate as part of the installation process.
Measurement, testing and final reports are carried out in accordance with the requirements of Regulation 9 of the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health regulations (COSHH).
Measurements are compared with the criteria for performance for ventilation systems given in HSG258 “Controlling airborne contaminants at work: A guide to local exhaust ventilation”.
Applying our expertise and experience to ensure that you have the optimum set up for your application and process.
Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) readings taken on all units fitted with carbon filtration.
In accordance with the employers duty to keep a suitable record of the examination and any maintenance undertaken for a period of at least 5 year.
A visual record that the system is compliant.
On site training provided.
All BOFA P601 / P602 certified engineers can carry out an assessment and undertake work to ensure that you are fully compliant.
A fast response service is available on request.
A range of loyalty discounts are available:
New for Old.
Discounts for self-fit of replacement parts.
Discounted replacement filters.*
Loan unit available for the duration of the repair.
Our product and application experts are on hand to answer your questions.
The Health & Safety Executive tells us that every year, thousands of workers in Britain develop occupational diseases from breathing in certain dusts, fumes or other airborne contaminants at work. Local exhaust ventilation (LEV), often called dust and/or fume extraction is a proven and cost effective means of removing such hazards from the workplace to ensure operator safety and comfort.
Potentially harmful fumes are captured at source and passed through a series of filters which remove particulate and gases that are known to be hazardous to health before recirculating the cleaned air back into the workplace.
Regulation 9 of the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health regulations, (COSHH) as detailed in HSE Guide HSG258, requires that any measures taken to provide effective control through the use of Local Exhaust Ventilation (dust or fume extraction equipment) must be maintained in effective working order and also in good repair. Furthermore the employer must ensure that LEV equipment has been suitably installed.
In order to be compliant a thorough examination should be carried out as part of the installation process and at least once every 14 months thereafter. It is also the duty of the employer to keep a suitable record of the examination for a period of at least 5 years. This record should also include details of repairs carried out as a result of the examination and test.
*Qualified BOFA engineers will carry out a thorough examination and test of your LEV systems to ensure optimal performance and legal compliance.
Unlike many other companies offering LEV services BOFA is an experienced manufacturer. Our understanding of extraction and filtration technology coupled with years of practical experience ensures that we are able to offer an unrivaled standard of service and support.
*HSG258 states that the people who carry out testing of LEV systems must be ‘competent’. Many industries determine levels of competence based upon recognised qualifications such as The British Occupational Hygiene Society (BOHS):
P601 Commissioning and Thorough Examination & Testing of Local Exhaust Ventilation (LEV) Systems.
P602 Basic Design Principles of Local Exhaust Ventilation (LEV) Systems.
Our P601 / P602 certified engineers will conduct an assessment and undertake any necessary work to ensure that you are fully compliant.
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BOFA offer a wide range of volume LEV extraction accessories. From extraction arms with diameters of 32mm for intricate soldering up to 75mm arms for heavy duty applications such as transformer production. Down draft trays and table top cowls for specific production demands are also available. NEW - 2 LED Light 50mm extraction Arms.