The DSEAR Regulations require companies to evaluate their operations and to establish the main elements shown below.
Regulation 5: Carry out a risk assessment of any work activities involving dangerous substances
This is the main risk assessment module in DSEAR and there are several guidance documents to assist you in the process of area classification.
Institute of Petroleum Model code of Safe Practice Part 15 (Petroleum Products)
Institute of Gas Engineers Safety Recommendations IGE/SR/25 (Natural Gas)
Regulation 6: Provide measures to eliminate or reduce, so far asreasonably practicable,the risks
Risk evaluation is of primary importance, as this assists in removing unnecessary processes and functions from the hazardous areas, so minimising the impact on plant and equipment.
Regulation 7: Classify and zone places where explosive atmospheres may occur
Where hazardous areas do remain then any equipment which may present a hazard that will be used within it must be assessed, approved or certified in some measure, depending upon the severity of the risk.
Regulation 8: Provide equipment and procedures to deal with accident and emergencies
Many hazardous sites are themselves located along side other dangerous sites and may even be close to residential areas. The regulations require companies to put in place sufficiently robust accident and emergency procedures to deal with any event should it arise.
This may involve outside agncies, such as fire authprities, police, emergency services etc..
Regulation 9: Provide information and training to employees
Regulation 10: Identification of pipes and containers where these contain dangerous substances
One of the main areas in the regulations is the process of identification, where a flammable substance or hazardous situation may occur then it is important to identify these areas, along with any residual risk areas identified in the risk assessment.
Therefore appropriate signage must be used.
Regulation 11: Duty of coordination
A key area of the regulations is the requirement for the duty of co-ordination, which invloves establishing the correct protocols within a company to manage the risk. This includes training staff, liaising with senior management and outside agencies and ensuring a central point exists with the company where information may be obtained.
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