DSEAR Risk Assessments
DSEAR Risk Assessments carried out by expert assessors
MBHS can provide the expertise required to carry out a formal DSEAR risk assessment for your workplace in accordance with the legislation. Our specialist assessors will carry out an in-depth review of your work processes and can include:
- A Site Risk Assessment
- Identification of dangerous substances that may apply under DSEAR
- A prioritised & realistic action plan to mitigate any risks
- Advice on area signage and labelling requirements.
- Staff training
- Follow-on support such as bespoke DSEAR training course
Why choose MBHS?
- Highly qualified experts in the field of DSEAR
- Nationwide coverage
- Competitive prices
What is DSEAR?
DSEAR, or the Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations 2002, is a set of regulations designed primarily to protect workers and others from the dangers of fire and explosion that may be caused by dangerous substances or atmospheres found in the workplace.
Employers are required to control the risks to safety by carrying out a “DSEAR Risk Assessment”
Do I need a DSEAR Risk Assessment?
You may need to carry out a DSEAR Risk Assessment if your workplace contains dangerous substances that have the potential to cause a fire or explosion. Or where by-products of your work processes, when mixed with other substances, could create an explosive atmosphere.
Examples of such scenarios that may require a DSEAR risk assessment are:
- Handling and storage of waste dusts in woodwork shops
- Use of flammable gases, such as acetylene for welding
- Storage & handling of fuel for cars, motorboats, farm machinery
- Hot work on tanks or drums that have contained flammable material
- Use & storage of flammable solvents including solvent-based paints
- Spray painting
- Storage, use and handling of flammable gases, including LPG
- Transport of flammable liquids in containers around the workplace
- Chemical / gas manufacture, resulting from process or research work
Employers often think that their fire risk assessment is sufficient protection against the above hazards and that they don’t require a DSEAR assessment. However, whilst they both attempt to mitigate the risks of fire and explosion, a DSEAR assessment focuses on the presence of dangerous substances or high-risk scenarios.
If any of these hazards are present in your workplace it is likely that your fire risk assessment or an audit will identify the need for a DSEAR risk assessment – that’s if your insurance company don’t ask for one first!