What is DSEAR?
The primary legislation applying to the control of substances that can cause fires and explosions in the workplace is the Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations 2002 (DSEAR) (SI 2002 No.2776). This requires employers to assess the risks of fires and explosions that may be caused by dangerous substances in the workplace including gases under pressure and substances that are corrosive to metals. These risks must then be eliminated or reduced as far as is reasonably practicable. The aim is to protect employees and other people who may be put at risk, such as visitors to the workplace and members of the public.
DSEAR places duties on employers (to assess and eliminate
or reduce risks from dangerous substances.
Complying with DSEAR involves:
- Assessing risks
- Preventing or controlling risks
- Control measures
- Preparing emergency plans and procedures
- Providing information, instruction and training for employees
As part of your management of dangerous substances and explosive atmospheres we will assist you to identify, and mark up hazardous area zones with appropriate, compliant diagrams and signage on site. This will assist you to ensure that equipment is provided and work is managed to meet the zonal classification, preventing potential explosive risks.
Where your processes or storage arrangements may create a risk of an explosion a risk assessment should be undertaken. So whether you are undertaking decanting or refueling, defueling or paint spraying, or your processes include battery charging, dust producing processes, or the use of LPG etc., we can assist you to undertake this task.
Your policies, procedures, safe operation procedures and emergency response arrangements will be reviewed and then a detailed report will be produce giving you clear actions and timeframes around tasks that will be required to be completed.