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The Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres

Regulations 2002

The Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations

2002 (DSEAR) require employers to control the risks to safety from fire, 

explosions and substances corrosive to metals.

Dangerous substances can put peoples' safety at risk from fire, explosion

and corrosion of metal. 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 are dangerous substances?

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 or corrosion of metal. They can be found in nearly all

workplaces and include such things as solvents, paints, varnishes,

flammable gases, such as liquid petroleum gas (LPG), dusts from

machining and sanding operations, dusts from foodstuffs, pressurised

gases and substances corrosive to metal.

What does DSEAR require?

Employers must:

find out what dangerous substances are in their workplace and what the risks are

put control measures in place to either remove those risks or, where this is not possible, control them

put controls in place to 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 the risks from the 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

 

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DSEAR 2002

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