COSHH / LEV Testing Services

from Flamefast Extraction Solutions

Flamefast Extraction Solutions has trained and specialised Engineers on hand to implement LEV Testing for small, medium or large workshops covering a variety of industries within Scotland and the UK.

Our experienced engineers perform a comprehensive test of your LEV system to ensure it conforms to legal requirements set out in COSHH and in accordance with HSG258.

We offer a professional service from initial appraisal all the way through to our servicing & maintenance packages to ensure your workshop remains within the legal COSHH requirements of being expertly checked every 14 months.


Customers of Flamefast Extraction Solutions that have had an LEV Test or service done can access their information from our customer portal using the login details we supply on completion of service.

If you have not received this information, or require more information please contact us.

FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

We have compiled a list of important frequently asked questions to help you better understand LEV testing, the process, your responsibility and the services Flamefast Extraction Solutions offer.

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If you need more information or require a quote please contact us. We also offer the following services...

  • Dust & Fume Extraction
  • Fire & Smoke Dampers
  • LEV Testing & Monitors
  • Ductwork
  • LEV System Design/Install
  • Equipment Supply
  • Service & Maintenance







FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

What is an LEV System?

An LEV or Local Exhaust Ventilation System is responsible for reducing or removing contaminated air (fumes, dust, gas, toxins, mist, vapour) from a workplace in order to improve air quality, encourage a healthier working environment and reduce the risk of fire or explosion.

LEV systems are often made up of the following components: Extraction hood, ducting, air cleaner or arrestor, air mover and discharge

What is an LEV Test / COSHH test?

LEV Testing also known as COSHH test is the practise where trained engineers inspect and test your LEV system to ensure it functions optimally and adheres to COSHH regulations keeping your workplace clean and safe, as well as within the guidelines set out by HSG258 .

Why is LEV Testing Necessary?

The dangers of an incorrectly functioning LEV system can have dire consequences on workers’ health and increase the risk of fires or explosion thus putting lives at risk. LEV testing is therefore not only important but also a legal requirement as per COSHH regulations.

What are the legal requirements?

The legal requirments for LEV Testing is broken up as per COSHH & HSG258 regulations

COSHH: Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (Regulation 9)


Important Excerpt: Regulation 9 (2): Where engineering controls are provided to meet the requirements of regulation 7, the employer shall ensure that thorough examination and testing of those controls are carried out
> in the case of local exhaust ventilation plant, at least once every 14 months
> in any other case, at suitable intervals

Controlling airborne contaminants at work Download

Who can perform LEV Tests?

It is important that the person performing the LEV test is competent to do so, with relevant qualifications, experience and training to complete the job.

Our engineers through years of experience have the extensive knowledge and skills required,and are fully qualified or hold:

BOHS (British Occupational Hygiene Society)

P601 (Commissioning and Thorough Examination and Testing of Local Exhaust Ventilation Systems)

P602 (Design Principles of Local Exhaust Ventilation Systems)

qualifications as evidence of our proficiency not only for testing of LEV systems but also design, installation, commissioning & testing of fume and dust extraction systems in accordance with HSE guidance HSG258.



FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

What are my responsibilities as an employer?

As an employer it is your responsibility to ensure LEV systems are maintained in an efficient state, effective working order, good repair and clean condition. It is also a COSHH regulation for your systems to be tested at least once every 14 months or depending on the system at suitable intervals.

Therefore, procedures need to be in place for the regular servicing and maintenance of LEV systems these also need to be documented and the records kept for 5 years.

Where can I get more information?

The links below will open in a new tab that takes you to pages on the website.

COSHH Basics - what is COSHH:   FOLLOW LINK
Local Exhaust Ventilation (LEV):    FOLLOW LINK


Controlling airborne contaminants at work:   DOWNLOAD
Control of substances hazardous to health:   DOWNLOAD

How often does my LEV system need to be tested?

According to Regulation 9 of COSHH:

a) in the case of local exhaust ventilation plant, at least once every 14 months

b) in any other case, at suitable intervals

What happens if my LEV test fails?

In the event of LEV systems not meeting standards our detailed report will highlight the areas of concern, our Engineers will then compile a Free report of recommendations for work required to achieve compliance.

This report will then be handed over to the site manager to act on. Flamefast Engineers are also qualified to carry out any of the work and can supply a quote for remedial work if requested.

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The Dangers of

NO LEV Testing

  • Chronic Health Dangers
  • Risk of Fire & Explosion
  • Breaking the law - COSHH
  • Fines for non-compliance
  • Employee health compensation claims
  • Potential system breakdown
  • Invalid warranty & insurance claims

The Benefits of


  • Safer Working Environment
  • Comply with the law & statutory regulations
  • Improved working life on machinery
  • Lowered risk of fire or explosions
  • Maximum productivity
  • Warranty on certain equipment
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FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

How does it work?

Contact Flamefast Extraction Solutions for a quote via either:
Phone: 01925 281 230
Contact Form


On approval of quote we will book a date that is convenient for you


On the scheduled day our qualified Engineers will come out to your premises to conduct an in-depth LEV test on your system.


A detailed and comprehensive report will be supplied to the site manager


Once the report has been received records will need to be kept for 5 years. Any noted concerns or system fails will need to be addressed and acted on. We can supply a free report & quote for recommended actions in order to reach compliance levels.
We also supply a customer portal where customer's documents are safely stored to be accessed as needed.


We advise regular maintenance including frequent (weekly or monthly) visual inspection that can be done by your team or can be contracted out. We will also send out reminder emails annually for obligatory LEV Tests that need to be undertaken by a competent professional.

What happens during an LEV test?

LEV testing in itself is not disruptive however remedial work arising from a failed system could be disruptive.

When we conduct your LEV Test a record will be setup for your company, after setup a full and detailed visual examinations of the system will be done, followed by a technical performance check using precision equipment as well as assessments to ensure the system is sufficient for the amount of exposure levels within the building.

Once completed a comprehensive report will be drawn up and supplied to the site manager.

What is in the Comprehensive Report?

The comprehensive report will hold information which includes information about your company, your LEV System, the hazardous substances being extracted, dates which will include dates of previous LEV examination, LEV Locations & identifications, system condition, operating performance, testing officer details as well as any repairs done, signatures, results, comments, measurements and methods used along with a diagram of the system layout.

Reports are uploaded to our customer portal. Find out more here



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What Industries do we cover?

Flamefast Extraction Solutions offer LEV testing for small, medium or large workshop of all industries. Below we have listed some of the most common industries that need LEV Testing done

Educational & Training Facilities

LEV Testing for Schools, Colleges, UTC’s, Universities and training facilities.

Food, Beverage & Agricultural

LEV Testing for Food & beverage manufacturing and warehouses.

Chemical & Pharmaceutical

Laboratories, chemical plants, pharmaceutical product manufacturing plants, Medical equipment production etc.

Metal, Mineral and Engineering

Engineering workshops, Metal & Mineral processing plants etc.

Automotive, Railways & Aerospace

Automotive, Railway & Aerospace factories and workshops

Construction, Infrastructure & Industrial

LEV Testing for Industrial plants and construction industry


Most to all types of manufacturing plants will require LEV Testing done


Workshops, Warehouses, Garages, Distribution centres, Waste & Recycling etc.

What areas do we cover?

We offer services in both Scotland and the UK for small, medium and larger industries.

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Certification & Qualification

    • ATEX compliant
    • COSHH (Control of Substances Hazardous to Health)
    • Adhere to HSG258 Standards
    • DW144, DW:154, BS:7258 and Building Bulleting 88, EH40/94
    • British, European and ISO standard
    • Fire Damper Reports compiled to BESA TB001 guidance notes
    • Fire Damper installation to BESA DW145
    • The Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations 1999
    • P601 Qualified Engineers (LEV Testing)
    • P602, NEBOSH Qualified Management

What other services do we offer

LEV Testing is only one of the service offered by Flamefast Extraction Solutions our trained and qualified engineers also offer solutions for Dust Extraction, Fume Extraction, H&V Ductwork, Extraction Equipment as well as Fire & Smoke Damper Testing. Flamefast Extraction Solutions as part of the Flamefast group are also in the unique position to offer services from our other division these include; Workshop installations & Engineering Equipment for Education within the UK and Scotland as well as Gas Safety Systems. Our service includes as required:

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Case Studies

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Stansted Aerospace

Lancing College

Berry BMW

Kerry Ingredients

Monier Redland

Kerry Ingredients

Calder Foods

Nutritional Blending Solutions

Greencore Grocery

UTC Warrington


Stansted Aerospace Ltd-Saffron Walden

Extraction of solvent fumes using VariVac extraction hoods and a Centrifugal fan

Lancing College-Lansing

Extraction system implemented to capture fumes from hot metal works

Berry BMW & MINI-Heathrow

Exhaust fume extraction system with fan and ducting

Kerry Ingredients UK Ltd-Hartlepool

Stainless steel open fronted dry filter booth to capture dust particles created during weighing and dispensing

Monier Redland Ltd-Lutterworth

Extraction of paint fumes and particles using a articulated arm with capture hood and in-line filter.

Kerry Ingredients UK Ltd-Orton Southgate-Peterborough

Capture of dust clouds created during mixing using a stainless steel open fronted enclosure connected to a ducted system and filter unit.

Calder Foods (Manufacturing) Ltd. Carlisle

Capture of dust clouds from weighing and pouring ingredients into a container using a stainless steel extract hood connected to a ducted system and filter unit.

Nutritional Blending Solutions UK Ltd-Swindon

Capture of dust particles created during the process of producing nutritional capsules for the body building market using a small articulated arm connected to a ducted system and HEPA-13 filtration unit.

Greencore Grocery-Selby

Installation of custom designed stainless steel dust capture hoods to enhance the effectiveness of the existing LEV system.

UTC Warrington

Extraction of soldering fumes from a Flamefast DS430D forge


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