Explosions and fires from combustible materials are a very real hazard, giving rise to serious injury – sometimes even fatality – as well having as the potential to cause extensive plant and buildings damage and substantial loss of production.
Legislation introduced in 2002 – the Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations 2002 (DSEAR) – rationalised workplace assessment for fire and explosion hazard identification, and methods of prevention or mitigation. DSEAR requires all workplaces where substances that could give rise to fire or explosion are handled or stored must be fully assessed and protected.
Fires and explosions create harmful physical effects, such as thermal radiation, oxygen depletion and overpressure effects. Substances corrosive to metal may cause damage to structures containing metal, which could cause reduced structural integrity.
There have been many high-profile examples in the news in recent years, including fireworks factories and flour mills that have suffered explosions and not only devastated the businesses involved, but contributed to fatalities.
Complying with DSEAR requires assessing the risks that may be caused by dangerous substances. Employers must identify and examine: dangerous substances in the workplace, work activities involving those substances, and the ways in which both substances and activities can harm workers, as well as members of the public.
The Safety First team has years of experience in conducting DSEAR risk assessments to ensure your business is compliant with current regulations. Our reports will help you put in place the right control and mitigation measures.
To learn more about DSEAR Risk Assessment, please visit http://www.safetyfirstgroup.co.uk/services/dsear-risk-assessment/ or for more information, please call 0845 004 2133 or email email@example.com