back to listings SME Profile: Widespread Solutions Limited T/A Bench Vent


Unit 1 Levens Hall Park, Lund Lane,
Killinghall, Harrogate.
North Yorkshire HG3 2BG

Tel: 01423 790 039
Fax: 01423 525 656



We started trading in 1984 as GraphicAir Systems, manufacturing air filtration cabinets for the education and graphic design markets. The company was incorporated as Widespread Solutions Limited in 1994 and began diversifying into other sectors requiring the filtration and extraction of fumes, dusts, gases and solvents. The BenchVent brand was launched in 2012 as a means to develop a global brand and leading name in the air filtration and extraction world.

With the introduction of new health and safety legislation, a range of cabinets and booths were manufactured giving customers the option to vent contaminants outside their building with flexi ducting as well as the more cost-effective re-circulation of cleaned air back into the workplace. This option also has the advantage of reducing energy costs and potential environmental pollution.

Products have been developed from the basic GraphicAir range of spray booths and cabinets to include the TechFlo range of industrial and laboratory fume cabinets. These are ideal for use in situations demanding higher and more efficient levels of filtration and/or extraction. TechFlo products are now established within the electronics industry where they’re recognised as all-round work stations for rework and R & D when soldering and spraying conformal coatings and adhesives.

In 2005 we were the first company to introduce a range of filtration units into the beauty industry. SolarEx is now market leader in the airbrush spray tanning sector.

In the past few years we’ve seen significant growth in all market sectors including graphics, beauty, industrial, home hobby, dental and medical as well as education. The next step is to build on this success with further product development and a vibrant export business.




Education Electronics Manufacturing  Laboratory Other Processes 
Laser Printing & Engraving Art & Graphics  Home & Office Beauty
Hobby Filters Accessories and Spares Flexible & Stayput Arms and Hoses



Local Exhaust Ventilation or LEV testing is a fundamental part of the COSHH requirements.

Demonstrating adequate control of the risks to the health of employees from dusts, mists, fumes and vapours, is the fundamental requirement of the Control Of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) Regulations.

Current regulations require Local Exhaust Ventilation (LEV) systems to be maintained in an efficient state, in an efficient working order and in good repair. All plant deteriorates with time therefore regular monitoring and testing forms an important part of the proactive maintenance.

Every employer’s LEV system requires statutory ‘thorough examination and testing’ by a competent person. The maximum time between tests of LEV systems is set down in HSE guidlines and for most systems this is 14 months. In practice this is normally taken to mean annually. If wear and tear on the LEV system is liable to mean that the system effectiveness will degrade between tests then thorough examinations and tests should be more frequent. (HSG258 Chap. 10)

For more details please see the book "Controlling airborne contaminants at work: A guide to local exhaust ventilation"  HSG258 on the Health and Safety Executive website.

Achieving the required level of control of these risks ensures not only legislative compliance, but also a healthy workforce, which itself leads to a reduction in down time and an increase in productivity.

BenchVent works with approved partners to offer onsite LEV testing which can determine the level of protection required in your working environment.

For more information about LEV or to book an LEV evaluation please contact us or call the team directly on 01423 790039.



WS has worked with and continues to work with business of all sizes to manage their air cleanliness.  Be sure to  check our Case Studies on clients Honeywell and Metrodent.

Our many thousands of users worldwide include:

  • Baxter Health Care

  • BBC

  • British Antarctic Survey

  • Eton College

  • Fake Bake UK

  • Glaxo Smith Kline

  • Hallmark Cards

  • Harper Collins Publishers

  • Honda Manufacturing

  • Honeywell Aerospace

  • McLaren Racing

  • Rolls Royce

  • Royal College of Art

  • Virgin Atlantic Airways


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