DSEAR is a regulation passed by the UK government in 2002. DSEAR acronym stands for Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations. Each and every business in the UK needs to follow DSEAR regulations for the safety of their business and employees. According to the DSEAR regulations, employers are required to control the potential risks from fire, explosions, and substances corrosive to metals. This blog is focused on the importance of DSEAR regulations and their requirements.
Whether you own a small business or run a big organization, it is important to keep in mind your workplace’s safety and the employees who are working for you. By following the DSEAR regulations, you can prevent any potential future disaster from dangerous substances. When talking about DSEAR, a dangerous substance can be any substance present at the workplace that has the capacity to create fire or explosion, or corrosion of metal. These substances are inclusive of solvents, paints, varnishes, flammable gases, such as liquid petroleum gas (LPG), dust from machining and sanding operations, dust from foodstuffs, pressurized gas substances corrosive to metal.
Who Can Do Risk Assessments?
DSEAR assessment can be done by any authorized insurance provider in the UK. We are one of the leading DSEAR risk assessment companies in the UK who can help you get the workplace’s precise safety report. Our DSEAR risk assessment experts team will guide you properly based on the size and complexity of your work premises. Many people think that DSEAR regulations are only for big companies and organizations, but that’s not true; even small and medium-sized companies need it. However, exceptions can be applied to very small businesses by doing a detailed Fire Assessment of their workplace. Suh simple and cost-effective steps will be enough to meet the legal and insurance criteria. We have saved thousands of Euros for one of our clients by performing a thorough and quick assessment of their workplace. You can read more about it here.
Business owners generally ask us about the importance and requirement of DSEAR assessment and our answers have always been positive, and we justify its significance with appropriate reasons. One of the most important reasons to do the DSEAR assessment is for the safety of your business and employees. Secondly, organizations fail to understand the processes as DSEAR risks are related to maintenance and cleaning. Hence, it is important for businesses to anticipate the significance of controlling such activities. Additionally, businesses also need to be ready for the worse and make plans accordingly for any unexpected and unfortunate events caused by a dangerous substance. One important thing that organizations, especially those who use flammable gases like Acetylene, need to keep in mind is that they should inform nearby fire safety departments about their activities and its risks so they can support them immediately in case of an emergency.
Other than the above-mentioned guidelines, businesses can inform and train their employees on how to deal with and keep a safe distance from dangerous substances. Lack of education and training leads to more vulnerability of business along with their workers; thus, it is essential to train your employees properly. One of the fundamental requirements of DESAR is to recognize and categorize explosive zones of work premises and classify those places as hazardous zones based on the risk of an explosion occurring and prevent such zones from ignition sources by choosing appropriate equipment and protective systems.
What Does DSEAR Require?
Here is the quick and simple guide by HSE, which is helpful for every business
The DSEAR assessment needs to be followed by each employer, and he must-
- Inspect the presence of dangerous substance at their workplace along with potential risks
- Apply control measures in premise to remove the risks totally and in case if that is not possible then control them
- Making sure that the chances of incidents caused by the dangerous substance are avoided or controlled properly
- Be ready with plans and procedures to follow when incidents, accidents, and emergencies occur due to dangerous substances
- Train employees properly and inform them about the guidelines to follow when an incident happens because of a dangerous substance
- Identify and classify the zones of workplace that are more vulnerable to the explosive atmosphere and avoid ignition sources such as flame in those zones