Guide to DSEAR and ATEX Compliance

What does DSEAR and ATEX stand for?

DSEAR is an abbreviation for the Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations 2002 (DSEAR) and ATEX is the Explosive Atmospheres Directive 99/92/EC (ATEX 137). These regulations and directives are enforced by the HSE and Local Authorities, Fire Brigades and Petroleum Licensing Authorities.

What is the significance of DSEAR and ATEX legislation?

DSEAR and ATEX are a set of regulations and directives designed to protect people from fires, explosive atmospheres and similar situations arising from the use of dangerous substances in the workplace. Employers have a legal responsibility to provide their workers with protection in line with the requirements set out by the DSEAR and  ATEX regulations.

Who does DSEAR / ATEX legislation effect?

The DSEAR / ATEX regulations apply to all employers and the self employed.

DSEAR / ATEX applies to many industries that include the handling, manufacture and storage of bulk powders, petrol, or flammable liquids, and other dangerous substances, as well as mining, chemical manufacture and processing, and the petrochemical industry (both offshore and onshore). Industries with high risk rates in relation to dangers from fire, explosive atmospheres and exothermic reactions etc must comply with these regulations.

How can PM PROjEN help you comply with this DSEAR / ATEX legislation?

We will take a practical and pragmatic approach to supporting you with your compliance requirements. We are not purely a consultancy business and will use our engineering expertise to support you through all elements and phase of the process of moving to full compliance with these regulations.

PM PROjEN Risk Assessment

PM PROjEN’s team of experienced engineers are fully conversant with the necessary elements of ATEX and DSEAR and have a track record of providing risk assessments for clients across all business sectors. A DSEAR risk assessment will consider potentially explosive atmospheres relating to flammable liquids, powders, dusts, or vapours.

PM PROjEN can assist you with:

DSEAR risk assessment Documentation and Records related directly to DSEAR/ ATEX compliance

  • Hazardous Area Classification and Drawings
  • Advice on Elimination and Mitigation of Risks
  • Design and Implementation of Explosion Prevention and Prevention Measures
  • Safety Training Related to Accidents, Incidents and Emergencies
  • Selection of Equipment according to the Equipment and Protective Systems Intended for use in Potentially Explosive Atmospheres Regulations 1996 (EPS)
  • Definition of the Basis for Safety for Potentially Dangerous Processes, Risk assessments of workplaces are required under the management of Health and Safety Work Regulations 1999

Who enforces the DSEAR and ATEX regulations?

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) enforce the regulations in workplaces, with the regulations being enacted 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.