What is DSEAR?

Here at Projex Solutions, we use the approved Code of Practice and guidance (ACOP) L138 from 2002 when working on DSEAR projects. The Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations 2002 (DSEAR) are concerned with protection against risks from fire, explosion and similar events arising from dangerous substances used or present in the workplace.

Dangerous substances can put peoples’ safety at risk from fire and explosions. DSEAR puts duties on employers and the self-employed to protect people from these risks to their safety in the workplace, and to members of the public who may be put at risk by work activity.

What does a DSEAR assessment consist of?

A DSEAR assessment identifies the presence of dangerous substances along with any potential risks that can occur because of these substances. These dangerous substances can consist of dusts, vapours, gases, chemical exothermic reaction, and liquids handled in any factory or plant within the United Kingdom.

Projex Solutions have the extensive experience and inhouse capability when it comes to carrying out or reviewing DSEAR Assessments; whether it be site-wide or one area, our team will identify any risks so that they can be controlled or removed, ensuring the site is prepared for future and present dangers. Our DSEAR Assessments assure our clients that they are compliant within the necessary DSEAR regulations, reducing the risk of fatality or danger from an explosive substance and ensuring site safety, by:

  • Conducting a thorough site visit and investigation.
  • Generating/ Reviewing a HAC to identify if explosive substances are handled.
  • Generating/ Reviewing Zoning Drawings in line with the completed HAC report.
  • Conducting a full area assessment.
  • Basis of safety (usually generated from a HAZID.)
  • Equipment selection.

There are many potential areas which may require a DSEAR assessment, namely (but not limited to):

  • Spray booths.
  • Flammable stores.
  • Extract systems.
  • LEV
  • Bulk storage facilities.
  • Process mixing vessels.

Anything that could store, process, generate or transport an explosive substance.