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The HSE is inspecting metalworking operations across the country until March – here's what you need to know to ensure you’re compliant.  

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is currently inspecting metalworking operations across the nation and will be focused on the measures employers are taking to ensure their workers’ protection from fluid or mist exposure. 

Metalworking organisations of all sizes could be subject to inspection, including: 

  • Large car manufacturers 
  • Small body shops 
  • Agricultural attachment manufacturers 
  • Engineering firms 

This is why it’s so important to partner with a competent provider who can ensure your site safety, like Vulcan Inspection Services.  

Preparing for your HSE inspection  

With the HSE prioritising clean air in the workplace, here are the main areas they’ll be inspecting where businesses typically fall short:  

  • Local Exhaust Ventilation (LEV): LEV is a ventilation system that extracts contaminants, such as dusts, mists, gases, vapour or fumes out of the air so that they can’t be breathed in. Inadequate or absent LEV systems are major reasons businesses fail to comply with regulations. It’s critical to install LEV systems, especially on CNC machines where operators are exposed to metalworking fluid mist, as LEV is the primary control measure to minimise inhalation exposure. 
  • Fluid Quality Management: Water-based metalworking fluids degrade over time, potentially harboring harmful bacteria. Regular monitoring and maintenance are crucial to mitigate health risks. Inadequate management of fluid quality is a common cause of non-compliance, posing risks to worker safety. 
  • Health Surveillance: Health surveillance is essential for workplace safety, particularly in environments with fluid or mist exposure. Legally mandated programs proactively identify potential health issues among workers through regular health checks. Even with preventive measures like fluid quality checks and LEV systems, health surveillance remains a legal requirement. It complements LEV inspections by ensuring timely intervention to protect worker health.

Just some of the consequences of being found by the HSE to be non-compliant are hefty penalties, fines, and even prison time. Don’t take risks when it comes to your people and site, by contacting one of our experts today!  

Why do you need a LEV at your property? 

The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations (COSHH), state that employers must control the risks from hazardous substances and take necessary steps to minimise the risk from impacting workers. Local Exhaust Ventilation (LEVs) are effective in mitigating this risk. You can visit the HSE site to find out more.  

How LEV systems can keep you and your workers safe and healthy 

The HSE’s campaign to promote clean air for metalworkers is more important than ever. The manufacturing industry has a substantially higher rate of occupational asthma than other industries, with over 19,000 cases of respiratory issues linked to work reported annually, according to the HSE. 

As well as this, exposure to metalworking fluids can cause serious risks to both respiratory health and skin. Whether through direct contact with unprotected skin—especially on the hands, forearms, and face—or inhalation of machining-generated mist, the potential for lung diseases like occupational asthma and occupational hypersensitivity pneumonitis is hugely increased. However, all these risks can be prevented with the proper measures in place. Contact us today to learn more.  

LEV daily checklist for metal workers 

There are multiple steps that you and your employees can take each day to ensure your LEV is compliant and safe for use, including: 

  • Checking that the indicator shows that the LEV is working properly.  
  • Making sure that the LEV is taking away all the harmful dust, fumes, and gas, including invisible particles where possible.  
  • Verifying if there are any signs it is not working properly, like smells or settled dust.  
  • Checking that there are no unusual noises or vibrations coming from it.  
  • Ensuring its inspections are up to day, that it’s been thoroughly tested by a competent person, such as one of our engineers at Vulcan Inspection Services, and that it has a ‘tested’ label that is within date.  
  • Making sure your employees are telling you, or another supervisor, if they think anything might be wrong.  

Speak to a member of our team today to ensure your LEV system is safe for continued use. 

Specialist Local Exhaust Ventilation inspections 

Local Exhaust Ventilation (LEV) systems are critical for keeping people in manufacturing spaces safe. They work by controlling, capturing, or containing airborne particles at, or close to, the point of emission through ventilation. They then release the pollutant as a point where it can be safely collected or released.  

During this campaign, the HSE will be inspecting LEVs to ensure they’re adequately minimising the risk of pollutant exposure, so make sure you’re up to code today. At Vulcan Inspection Services, we can ensure that the critical LEV systems at your metalworking site are compliant, and are, more importantly, keeping you and your team safe. 

Comprehensive Statutory Inspection services 

While LEVs play an important role in site safety and compliance, don’t neglect your statutory requirements.  

At Vulcan Inspection Services, we can support you with our range of inspections designed to keep your plant and equipment legally compliant. Our services include: 

  • Lifting equipment inspections, carried out in accordance with the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations (LOLER). 
  • Pressure equipment assessments, covering a everything from boilers to steam traps and much more in between. Our inspections adhere to the stringent requirements of the Pressure Systems Safety Regulations (PSSR). 
  • Work equipment inspections, covering everything from work tools to pallet trucks, conducted in compliance with the Provision of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER). 

No matter your equipment, requirements or specifications, we’ll tailor our risk management services into a bespoke programme that suits you. Get in touch with a member of the team today to find out more!  

About Vulcan Inspection Services  

Your safety, our priority. 

At Vulcan Inspection Services, we’re proud to be an independent, leading supplier of specialist end-to-end risk management services which we provide to our customers in the manufacturing sector and beyond.  

We work with thousands of manufacturing organisations every year to help them maintain their critical equipment and keep their people safe from harmful contaminants.  We’ll work with you to ensure that your LEV systems are correctly set up to minimise risk for your workers.  

As our customer, you can rest assured that your assets, equipment, and the safety of your people are in good hands. 

Learn more about our expert Local Exhaust Ventilation system inspections. 

Alternatively, speak to a member of the team today to keep your site compliant.  

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At Vulcan Inspection Services, sustainable action is a key focus in everything we do. From inspecting offshore wind farms to examining critical pressure vessels, we’re committed to doing our bit and supporting our customers across the UK and beyond with all of their risk management needs.

And, as a proud member of the BES Group, we’re pleased to share that we’ve expanded our service offering to better meet our customer’s evolving green energy needs. With this, we’re thrilled to announce that we can now offer the very best electric vehicle (EV) installation services to our customers throughout the UK!

We understand that more and more of our customers are beginning to make the transition to greener energy, and we want to support you every step of the way. Now that we’ve integrated EV installations into our portfolio of services, our customers can receive a seamless, efficient experience when making the switch to greener transportation.

Whether you’re a business owner interested in installing EV infrastructure for your fleet, or a local authority planning public charging points, we’re here for you as your Trusted Advisor. Our comprehensive range of EV installation solutions will be tailored to meet your unique needs. With our team of specialists, we’re able to offer a complete turnkey solution that caters to you and your site requirements, no matter what they might be, which includes:

  • Initial Consultation (Including Feasibility)
  • Site Surveying
  • Quotation
  • Civil Engineering works
  • Installation
  • Service and Maintenance

And, while our engineers are the experts when it comes to EV chargepoint installation and servicing, they’re OZEV-approved installers, too! This means that as our customer, you may be able to take advantage of government grants to subsidise installation costs, currently only available to those having their chargers fitted by approved installers.

From the initial consultation, where you’ll chat with one of our experts about your electric vehicle situation and preferences, to the ongoing servicing and maintenance provided by our specialist electrical engineers, our team will only ever provide you with the solution that’s right for you. In fact, we can even help you make the decision about which charger you want to be installed! We’re proud to work closely with prominent manufacturers of EV Chargers in the UK.

As part of the BES Group, we have a deep commitment to meeting our Environmental, Social, and Governance objectives, reducing carbon emissions and advancing green energy initiatives for our customers. With our expanded suite of services, including EV installation, we’re proud to be empowering individuals, businesses, and communities to make a positive impact in their communities.

If you’re ready for your fleet and site to make the switch to electric vehicles, or if you simply want to learn more about our complete EV installation services, read more by visiting our website here.

We look forward to sharing even more exciting updates and announcements as our service offering continues to grow in the coming weeks, months, and years!

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We’re delighted to share that we will be bringing 2022 to an end by welcoming two new businesses to the BES Group.  Strainstall UK and Mimic have joined us from James Fisher and Sons plc, global provider of specialised services to the marine, energy and defence industries worldwide.

Strainstall UK is an onshore and offshore load and asset monitoring company, with Mimic a provider of intelligent condition and performance monitoring solutions, predominantly in the maritime sector.  Their skill set and product offering makes them a great fit for BES Asset Reliability and will really strengthen this important and growing part of our business.

Finding companies that share our customer focused approach and put safety above everything else, continues to be important to us and we’re extremely excited to have done just that with Strainstall UK and Mimic. Together, they will add around 80 fantastic people to our team, and we’re delighted to have them on board.

These are the ninth and tenth businesses we’ve added to the BES Group since 2019 and our fourth and fifth this year alone.  We’ve worked hard to ensure we are growing in a way that supports the needs of our customers, providing them with access to even more of the very best risk management solutions supplied by an enhanced team of the very best people.

“We are absolutely delighted to be growing our Group further with these acquisitions from James Fisher Group.  Both Strainstall UK and Mimic businesses, bring with them a group of highly skilled people to complement our existing colleagues. We know that both businesses will have a successful future as part of the BES Group, strengthening our solution offerings, in the area of Asset Reliability.

This is an exciting time for both sets of customers and all our people.  Growth by acquisition is an important part of the future growth of our organisation, alongside organic growth, and welcoming two more brilliant businesses to our Group is a great way to end the year,” said John Campbell, CEO of BES Group.

“I am thrilled that Mimic is joining BES Group. Mimic with its expertise in maritime condition monitoring, will complement BES Group’s established Asset Reliability business, it’s an excellent fit, and will allow Mimic to lead the way in maritime condition monitoring for many years to come,” said Paul Mount, MD of Mimic.

“I am incredibly excited about what the future holds for the Strainstall UK team as part of the BES Group. With a shared focus on providing customers with the very best service, Strainstall UK is a good fit with the Asset Reliability business, and I see great opportunities for growth,” said Jonathan Simpson Tarling, MD of Strainsall.

We look forward to sharing more about Strainstall UK, Mimic and our ongoing growth plans over the coming months.

For more information about Strainstall, visit their website here.  For more information about Mimic, visit their website here.  To read more about the growth of the BES Group, click here.


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We love getting out and about and meeting our customers Which meant we were thrilled to attend the recent National Farmers Union (NFU) hosted farm event in Cheshire!

Our very own Melissa Boyes, Geoff Butters, and Emma Rimmer spent the evening meeting with our NFU reps, NFU Mutual Agents and farmers to talk more about the importance of keeping on top of statutory inspections, and how Vulcan Inspection Services can help to keep machinery and equipment safe and operational with a thorough schedule of inspections.

Melissa and Geoff also spoke to the attendees about the regulations that directly impact farmers and the wider agricultural industry,  a topic which many can find confusing.

After tucking into the BBQ, kindly put on by the NFU, our team took to the floor (which just so happened to be in a working machinery storage barn), to chat through the relevant legislation in more detail.

Melissa shared a bit of background about Vulcan Inspection Services, its history, and how we have worked directly with NFU Mutual customers for over 25 years to keep them compliant with a suite of the very best inspections.

Geoff shared his expertise with the attendees by speaking about the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations, (LOLER) a regulation that farmers often aren’t aware affects them, when in fact it does He explained that anything from lifting equipment, overhead cranes and goods and passenger lifts to telehandlers, forklifts, and lifting accessories fall under LOLER, and what this regulation means for customers.

The questions came in thick and fast, and Melissa and Geoff were more than happy to share their expert knowledge on everything farmers need to ensure their machinery is compliant and safe.

How We Can Help

At Vulcan Inspection Services, we’re committed to helping farmers manage their risk and compliance. Everything we do has been tried and tested, and we’re proud to have been working with NFU Mutual for over 25 years to make the UK farming industry a safer place.

Safety is our number one priority and is the reason we do what we do.

During the event, Melissa and Geoff also spoke more about one of our innovative services they can take advantage of – our Mini Farm product

This product is perfect for small farms with less than 5 assets that need inspecting, and we offer a fixed price offer for those with 5 or fewer assets. We’ll work around you, always doing whatever suits you and your business best.

We had a wonderful time visiting the event, meeting our NFU reps and NFU Mutual Agents and talking to a whole host of local farmers – we can’t wait to attend even more!

For more information on our range of services, contact Melissa Boyes, Vulcan Inspection Services Account Director on 01789 265355.

Leave nothing to chance with Vulcan Inspection Services.

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2022 has already been another busy and exciting year for the British Engineering Services Group.  As we continue to focus on our customers and our people, 2023 is set to be just as busy.

Ongoing growth to help ensure we can always give our customers the very best testing, inspection, certification and compliance (TICC) services will continue to be a focus for our company.  To help us deliver this in the most effective way, we are pleased to share that we have welcomed two new people to our senior team.

John Lennox has joined us as Group Chief Operating Officer.  He will be instrumental in helping ensure we are always delivering against our customer’s needs.  He is looking forward to leading an extended team that works alongside our customers to ensure we are focused on their TICC priorities, with no compromise.

Walter Rowe has also joined us as Group Technical Director.  Walter will have overall responsibility for driving a number of our business objectives including ensuring the safety and security of our customers, people and assets.

Our Senior Team

Both John and Walter will report directly to John Campbell, who joined us as Group CEO earlier this year.  James Reeves, Group Chief Financial Officer, Hannah Mather, Group HR Director, John Breheny, Group Corporate Development Director and Paul Trivett, Interim Group Chief Customer and Commercial Officer, will work alongside John and Walter as the Group’s Senior Executive Leadership Team, also reporting to John Campbell.

Both this and our wider senior team continue to be extremely important to our business.  They are instrumental in delivering the very best customer experience and we’re proud to have them onboard.  We look forward to working closely with our customers, as always, over the coming weeks, months, and years!

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As we continue to mourn the loss of our Queen as a nation, 19th September has been announced as a Bank Holiday for the United Kingdom.

It is important to us that we give our people the opportunity to pay their respects to Her Majesty and commemorate her reign. As a result, we will be honouring the State Bank Holiday across the British Engineering Services Group in the UK.  For us, this means that our offices, testing labs and The Paul Forrester Training Centre will all be closed. In the majority of cases our engineer commitments will be rescheduled.  We will be working with our customers and external partners to agree revised plans as necessary.

Thank you for your patience ahead of this national day of mourning for our Queen.  Please contact 0345 712 5842, email or speak to your Business Development Manager or Key Account Manager if you would like to discuss this any further

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As we approach the seventh anniversary of British Engineering Services, we’re delighted to share that we will soon be welcoming a new Group CEO to the team.  John Campbell will join us on 1st September and will work with our Executive Team to help drive the ongoing success of our growing company.

John comes to us from Modulaire Group where he has spent three and a half years as UK Group Managing Director.  Prior to this, he was with G4S in Managing Director roles for both the UK and Ireland for almost five years.  He is extremely experienced when it comes to leading businesses and puts the success of the companies he has helped develop over recent years, down to fantastic teams.

Having been heavily involved in driving strategic business growth during his career, he is particularly excited by our active acquisition strategy.  Adding new companies to our Group brings an enhanced range of the very best risk management services for our customers and John is looking forward to seeing these grow even further over the coming months and years.

“It’s been fantastic to watch the British Engineering Services Group journey over the last few months.  Providing the best possible experience for our customers is important to us all, particularly as we acquire more companies and expand and strengthen our suite of services.  I’m really looking forward to spending time with the team as we continue to focus on this, leveraging the many skills and combined experience of our people to do even more great things,” commented John.

Stewart Kay has led the British Engineering Services Group since it became an independent business in 2015. The company has enjoyed remarkable success in this time, welcoming eight brilliant new businesses, growing our team to over 1,000 of the very best people, opening the industry leading Paul Forrester Training Centre and helping make sure our many customers leave nothing to chance.

“The last seven years have been phenomenal for our business.  We’ve revolutionised the risk industry in the best possible way, and I’ve been delighted to be a part of it.  John is a fantastic addition to the team and will drive the business forward while continuing to focus on our people and our customers as Group CEO,” said Stewart.

We’re pleased to share that Stewart will continue to be involved with our business, putting his experience and extensive knowledge of the British Engineering Services Group to great use as a Non-Executive Director.

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We’re delighted to share that XEIAD, specialist engineering inspection consultancy with expertise in specialist access, has now joined the British Engineering Services Group.

The XEIAD team is made up of more than 200 people all working across a number of sectors including transportation, utilities, renewables and many, many more, inspecting structures such as bridges, culverts, retaining walls, tunnels and shafts.  Their engineers are skilled and experienced in rope access, diving and confined spaces and complete a huge range of Inspections, Assessments, Surveys, Non-Destructive Testing & Intrusive Investigations, Design and Project Management, helping make sure their customers leave nothing to chance.

This is the eighth company we’ve added to the British Engineering Services Group since 2019 and the third this year.  XEIAD is a great fit for our Group and will enhance our industry leading suite of risk management services and grow our fantastic team of specialists.

Paul Capener, XEIAD Managing Director, will continue to lead the team, who are spread across offices in Devon, York, Swindon and Derby and at customer locations all over the UK.

“It’s been very obvious that XEIAD and the British Engineering Services Group share the same behaviours and culture in the approach to their team and customers since we started talking several months ago.  This is extremely important to both companies and has helped make the decision to join the Group an easy one.  For us all here at XEIAD, joining such a fantastic business will support our ongoing growth and allow us to offer our customers even more critical asset and risk management services.  This is great news all round!” said Paul Capener.

“As we continue to add new businesses to the British Engineering Services Group, our priorities remain the same.  We’re focused on welcoming companies that support our risk management agenda, enhance the services we can offer our customers and, most importantly, mirror our people focused culture. XEIAD fits this approach perfectly, their team are the very best at what they do, and we’re excited to get to know them over the coming months,” said Paul Hirst, Chief Operating Officer for the British Engineering Services Group.

For more information about XEIAD and how they support their customers with their specialist risk management services, visit their website here.  For more information about our growth by acquisition, click here