At WG Safety, we specialise in offering health and safety, and environmental consultancy across the UK, from our base in Cannock, Staffordshire. As part of our services, we provide DSEAR assessments. These assessments refer to the Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmosphere Regulations 2002, and will be the focus of today.
High Professional Standards
Here at WG Safety, you can benefit from our experience, having spent over 16 years completing DSEAR assessments in a wide range of workplace environments. All five of our DSEAR consultants are qualified with SGS BASEEFA and all our DSEAR assessments are carried out in line with DSEAR Regulation 5, Schedule 1 of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 and DSEAR ACoP L138. Read on to find out more about the benefits of DSEAR assessments.
Saving Money and Meeting Regulations in Tandem with COSHH
When looking for full compliance with regulations for your workplace, the DSEAR assessment complements the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (COSHH). Whilst the COSHH is focussed on health risks, DSEAR assessments focus on the control of physical risks. As part of this, it looks at how risks are assessed and dealt with, for example, looking at the use or storage of hazardous substances which are potentially harmful to health, and create potentially explosive atmospheres. At WG Safety, we can integrate our services by providing you with both rather than just COSHH, meaning you’re not only meeting regulations, but also saving money. As our DSEAR experts are also qualified occupational hygienists with chemical industry expertise.
Know Your DSEAR Zones
The DSEAR assessment has two main components: Dangerous Substances, and Explosive Atmosphere. The first part concerns the recognition and control of substances which can cause a hazardous reaction or other physical event, and includes scrutiny of the chemical and physical properties of substances, evaluating segregation practices, chemical mixing methods, temperature controls and storage conditions where relevant. The latter part includes examination of any situation where dusts, mists, vapours and gases can mix with air to form a potentially explosive atmosphere. This second part of the assessment enables us to identify DSEAR zones as part of the classification of hazardous places. As part of this, we look at both electrical and non-electrical equipment within these zones to ensure that it will sufficiently avoid ignition.
Make Your Workplace Safer
Regular DSEAR assessments are vital to ensure safety in the workplace. They are required to mitigate risks, reducing the number of employees exposed to these risks, providing plant that is ATEX rated, explosion and corrosion resistant, having explosion relief equipment, taking measures to control or minimise any spread of fire or explosions, and making sure the correct PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) is provided. Additionally, they are necessary to prepare emergency plans and procedures, and provide information, instruction and training for employees. The DSEAR assessment process helps to provide a foundation for this work.
To find out more about how you can benefit from a DSEAR assessment, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team by completing our online contact form, or by emailing us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also call us on 01543 670067 and a member of our team will be happy to help you with any questions you may have for us about DSEAR assessments or any other services.