DSEAR and ATEX are abbreviations for The Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations 2002 (DSEAR) and Explosive Atmospheres Directive 99/92/EC (ATEX 137) which are enforced by the HSE and Local Authorities, Fire Brigades and Petroleum Licensing Authorities.
DSEAR and ATEX are a set of regulations designed to protect people from fires, explosive atmospheres and similar events arising from dangerous substances used in the workplace. A legal responsibility has been placed upon employers to provide their workers with protection in line with the details described by DSEAR / ATEX.
The DSEAR / ATEX regulations apply to all employers and the self employed.
DSEAR / ATEX is most applicable to many industries including chemical manufacture, processing, petrochemical industry offshore and onshore, handling manufacture and storage of bulk powders, petrol, flammable liquids, mining and other dangerous substances. Industries that hold high risk rates in relation to danger from fire, explosive atmospheres and exothermic reactions etc will need to comply with these regulations.
To help employers and the self-employed assess their compliance needs, Capita PROjEN has a specialised service and the required knowledge to provide clients with real benefits, which ultimately outlines the requirements of the DSEAR and ATEX regulations and the compliance details that relate to your companies needs.
Capita PROjEN have a team of experienced engineers conversant with the requirements of ATEX and DSEAR and have a track record of giving risk assessments for clients across all sectors. DSEAR risk assessments include potentially explosive atmospheres relating to powders, dusts, flammable liquids or vapours. Capita PROjEN can assist you with:
DSEAR risk assessment Documentation and Records related directly to DSEAR/ ATEX compliance
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) enforce the regulations in Industrial Premises, with the regulations being enacted upon under the Health and Safety at work regulations 1974. Since June 2003 the HSE have issued numerous prohibition notices to industries requiring action to conform to the DSEAR regulations.
Local Authorities, Fire Brigades and Petroleum Licensing Authorities are also closely involved in ensuring compliance.