exAre you aware of DSEAR? Is your workplace safe from fire and explosion? As an employer, the Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations 2002 require you to control the risks to safety from fire and explosions.

DSEAR places duties on employers and the self-employed to protect people from such risks in the workplace. These include members of the public who may be put at risk by work activity.

Dangerous substances are any that could, if not properly controlled, cause harm to people as a result of a fire or explosion. They include such things as solvents, paints, varnishes, flammable gases, dusts from machining and from foodstuffs.

If you have any of the below in your workplace, it is likely you require a DSEAR Assessment in addition to your Fire Risk Assessment:

  • Compressed Gas
  • Flammable substances or fumes
  • Powders, granulates or particulates
  • Oils, lubricants or fuels
  • Paints, sprays, vanishes or lacquers
  • Airborne or lightweight products, such as feathers, flour, sawdust, fabric fly/dust

logoFollowing an intensive course of study, our health & safety professional Mick Brennan received accreditation from the Institute of Fire Engineers, enabling him to offer training in this area of health and safety.

Please contact us for a fire risk and DSEAR analysis as the first step in making your workplace safe from fire and explosion.

DSEAR: Your 10-point checklist

A building on fire - are your premises DSEAR compliant?1. DSEAR apply whenever a dangerous substance is or is liable to be present at the workplace.

2. Examples of dangerous substances include petrol, LPG, paints, thinners, varnishes and certain types of dust – for example, coal, wood, grain, flour, sugar, certain metals and synthetic organic chemicals.

3. Check if substances or preparations in your workplace are classified under CHIP regulations as explosive, oxidising, extremely flammable, highly flammable or flammable.

4. Check the information on your COSHH assessments and the Material Safety Data Sheets.

5. Assess the physical and chemical properties of the substance, or preparations and the works processes involved to see whether the work activity creates a potential for fire, explosion or similar energetic event.

6. Check if your storage of Acetylene, LPG or your flammable store could, in the event of an incident, compromise your business continuity due to exclusion zones imposed by the emergency services.

7. Check to see if the work activity involves the creation or handling of potentially combustible or explosive dusts, for example decanting, sawing, milling and sanding operations.

8. Check if your flammable store exceeds the guidance of HSG51, DSEAR Regulation 5. It is advised to only store internally in the working area the minimum quantity needed for frequent useage for ½ day or a single shift.

9. Could your neighbour’s processes have an impact on your current fire risk assessment and emergency procedures?

10. EP Risk Consultancy offers DSEAR assessments and training from our base in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire. If you require any assistance or guidance please do not hesitate to contact our professional consultants.