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Hazardex 2018 Conference - ABB Workshop - Is Your DSEAR Documentation Up to Date?

01 February 2018

Weds Feb 28: 14.00 - Aston Room
Thurs Mar 1: 11.00 - Aston Room
Leaders: Peter Hodgson and Alison McKay

The Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations (DSEAR) require that all processes involving significant quantities of flammable materials maintain an up to date set of documentation demonstrating how the risks associated with these materials are controlled. This includes a risk assessment, showing that the hierarchy of control has been applied, and an area classification, driving control of ignition sources where a residual risk may be present. Records must also be kept of equipment – both electrical and non-electrical – installed in these areas, including details of inspections.

Many operating companies are finding that when required to demonstrate compliance, they are unable to provide satisfactory documentation to show that the stipulations of DSEAR are being met; or, their documentation is found to be not current, casting doubt on whether the risks are truly controlled.

In this workshop, ABB Safety Consultants Peter Hodgson and Alison McKay will discuss the required documentation to demonstrate compliance with DSEAR, how to ensure that adequate risk assessments are in place demonstrating the application of the hierarchy of control, and how to keep the area classification up to date with current standards and guidance. Strategies for establishing programmes for periodic review of the documentation set will be explored, and best practice shared.

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