What Is A DSEAR Risk Assessment?
A DSEAR risk assessment identifies dangerous or explosive substances in your workplace. However, many business owners are unable to correctly identify dangerous or explosive substances in their business. According to the HSE,
dangerous substances are “any substances used or present at work that could, if not properly controlled, cause harm to people as a result of a fire or explosion.”
Dangerous substances are present in a high number of workplaces. In fact, ‘dangerous substances’ can be anything from solvents and flammable paints all the way through to explosive gases and chemical waste. So, with such a potentially broad scope, how do you know whether you need to book a DSEAR risk assessment?
Keeping Compliant With The DSEAR Regulations
As a business owner, you need to be aware of your responsibilities under the
DSEAR regulations. However, simply being aware of them doesn’t mean you’re compliant. A DSEAR risk assessment will help you identify and control dangerous or explosive substances within your workplace. From our experience, too many businesses aren’t aware of this. That means that they are putting their employees health and their business at risk on an almost daily basis.
As the business owner, it’s your legal obligation to be aware of, and control, these dangers in your workplace. The best way to do this is with a robust DSEAR risk assessment. By conducting a thorough assessment, you can be certain that you’ve highlighted all potential dangers. You can also ensure that your control processes are adequate to limit the dangers of these substances. It will also highlight any training needed to work with the substances. In turn, this reduces the risks posed by dangerous or explosive substances.
One of the key criteria of DSEAR is identifying and classifying areas with potential ‘explosive atmospheres’. You must introduce special control measures in these areas. An area with an ‘explosive atmosphere’ could lead to an explosion. It’s important your DSEAR risk assessment highlights these areas. These areas needs to be treated carefully, with the
correct use of PPE. You also need to ensure the area is kept clear of any potential ignition sources and that you have systems in place to manage an emergency situation. Identifying Explosive Atmospheres
There are many things that can cause ‘explosive atmospheres’ within a workplace. Most commonly, these are areas where flammable gases, vapours or other combustibles can be found. These areas could become explosive. All it takes is a source of ignition. By conducting a DSEAR risk assessment, you can introduce specific control measures for these areas.
It goes without saying, but workplace explosions can cause serious injury or even prove fatal for those involved. That’s why it’s so important to effectively control and manage the dangers that they pose. They can also cause significant damage to your business and premises that could ultimately prove catastrophic for the business as a whole.
Reviewing Your Responsibilities Under DSEAR
All employers must ensure that they:
are aware of ALL dangerous substances that are housed, or used, within their workplace and what risks they pose ensure adequate control measures are in place to remove or control the risk posed by the dangerous substances have adequate controls in place to reduce the effects of any incidents involving dangerous substances ensure you have correct plans and procedures in place to protect your staff, members of the public and also your business should an emergency situation occur keep your staff up to date and fully trained to enforce your control measures and respond correctly to the dangers posed identify potential areas with explosive atmospheres within the workplace and prevent ignition sources within those areas How Can ELAS Can Help Protect Your Business?
Our DSEAR qualified health and safety consultants are here to carry out a DSEAR risk assessment for you, ensuring you gain peace of mind knowing that you are compliant when it comes to DSEAR legislation.
Our health and safety consultants will find out what dangerous substances you work with and recommend any control measures, prepare
plans and procedures should disaster arise from any dangerous substance, help educate your employees on their responsibilities when it comes to DSEAR as well as identifying and classifying any areas of your workplace where explosive atmospheres may occur.
Still not convinced? Speak to one of our consultants today on 08450 50 40 60 or complete the contact form to book your DSEAR risk assessment!