TR40: LEV Guidance for Workplace Health

The Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) and the Institute of Local Exhaust Ventilation Engineers (ILEVE) have released new guidance for Local Exhaust Ventilation (LEV) best practices that aims to reduce the risk of workers contracting serious health conditions.

The guide, known as TR40: ‘A Guide to Good Practice for Local Exhaust’ is available free to BESA, CIBSE and ILEVE members.

P&J are fully compliant with the new guidance and have welcomed the change given the increased pressure on businesses during the Covid crisis.

BESA president John Norfolk added:

“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.

It is, therefore, extremely good news that BESA and the ILEVE have collaborated so effectively to produce this practical and thorough guidance to help employers meet their responsibilities. TR40 also establishes a quality threshold against which all providers of LEV solutions will be assessed from now on,”.

P&J Managing Director Jane also commented on the change, adding that mandatory compliance with TR40 should become part of all project specifications.

“TR40 will help clients and project managers ensure the LEV requirements of new construction projects are efficient and cost effective, by involving appropriate specialists from design to handover.

This will help avoid the use of ‘off the shelf’ solutions, which are costly, ineffective and leave the client in breach of their statutory obligations.

By requiring their contractors to comply with TR40, FM organisations will be able to ensure that they are provided with a fully compliant service. A competent LEV engineer will suggest often low-cost modifications that will enable the LEV to fulfil the statutory requirements”.

P&J are on hand to answer any questions or concerns surrounding the new guidance. Contact us on 01795 582600.

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