dsear regulations

DSEAR is short for the Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations 2002.

Dangerous substances can put people at risk from fire and explosion. DSEAR places duties on employers (and self-employed) to protect people from risks to their safety from fire and explosions etc in the workplace, this includes members of the public who may be exposed to risk by work activity.

What are dangerous substances?

Dangerous substances are any substances used or present in the workplace that could, if not properly controlled, cause harm to people as a result of a fire or explosion. They can usually be found in any workplace and include solvents, paints, varnishes, flammable gases, liquid petroleum gas (LPG), dusts from machining and sanding operations and dusts from foodstuffs.

What does DSEAR require?

Employers must:

  • find out which dangerous substances are in their workplace and what the fire and explosion risks are;
  • put control measures in place to either remove the risks or, where this is not possible, control them;
  • implement controls that reduce the effects of any incidents involving dangerous substances;
  • prepare plans and procedures to deal with accidents, incidents and emergencies involving dangerous substances;
  • make sure employees are properly informed about and trained to control or deal with risks from dangerous substances;
  • identify and classify areas of the workplace where explosive atmospheres may occur and avoid ignition sources (from unprotected equipment, for example) in those areas.

Training Courses

We are able to run both open and on site training courses, see DSEAR Training Courses

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