No Time to Lose showcased at LEV – Extracting the Best Practices 2020 event

Occupational hygiene professionals learnt about IOSH’s No Time to Lose (NTTL) campaign at the LEV – Extracting the Best Practices 2020 event, on 25 February.

The event was organised by the British Occupational Hygiene Society (BOHS), which is an NTTL supporter, and the Institute of Local Exhaust Ventilation Engineers (ILEVE) and took place at the Hilton East Midlands Airport in Derby, UK.

The theme of this year’s event was noise, in the context of LEV. It also covered topics and workshops delivering insight and debate into the issues affecting local exhaust ventilation (LEV) control and its role in the reduction of industrial disease.

IOSH’s OSH Content Developers Michael Edwards and Ryan Exley exhibited NTTL at the event, explaining the campaign and showing its resources. Michael said:

“We were delighted to showcase our No Time to Lose campaign and our new diesel pocket card which explains how workers can protect themselves from diesel engine exhaust emissions at work.

“The card provides key steps including turning off the engines if not needed, using local exhaust ventilation, using workplace air extraction, wearing a mask and getting trained. It also provides advice on how to protect yourself from diesel fumes when driving for work.

“Many delegates took away the NTTL resources on diesel engine exhaust emissions, asbestos and silica dust, and expressed an interest in downloading the materials from our website.

“Several occupational hygienists and LEV professionals also asked about IOSH membership and how to join the organisation.”

At the event, BOHS’s Adrian Parris presented its Welding Fume Control Selector Tool which has been developed to help managers and supervisors of welders to identify the best controls to prevent welding exposure.

A number of presentations specifically focused on worker’s exposure to noise generated by LEV and highlighted potential solutions including switching off LEV systems when machinery is not being used, considering quieter systems at the design and procurement stages, and ensuring workers were wearing the correct ear protection.

Carol Stearne, of BAE Systems, focused on LEV from the buyer’s perspective and particularly the needs and responsibilities of the end user, and common pitfalls for buyers to avoid.

Chris Steel from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) looked at noise control for LEV systems from the regulator’s perspective, with reference to the woodworking sector and opportunities linked to system benefits.

David Wright of SOCOTEC, the provider of testing, inspection and compliance services, focused on how to conduct an occupational noise exposure assessment.

And Peter Wilson from the Industrial Noise and Vibration Centre (INVC) talked about “stealth and efficiency” presented by new aerodynamic techniques (without using silencers) in LEV noise control.

To find out more about the LEV – Extracting the Best Practices 2020 event, visit www.bohs.org.

To download the new NTTL Diesel pocket card, go to this webpage.