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DSEAR Assessment and Hazardous Area Classification

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A HGV manufacturer had an existing DSEAR risk assessment for their Lancashire site, but this had become out-dated due to significant changes to the equipment and processes.

This prompted a requirement to update the DSEAR assessment and Hazardous Area Classification (HAC), ensuring that the assessment reflects the current site practices and compliance with DSEAR. 

RPS was appointed to support the facility by carrying out a site-wide DSEAR risk assessment and HAC of their systems, including paint spray booths, paint and solvent mixing areas, LPG bulk storage and electric battery charging areas.

Project name 

  • DSEAR Assessment and Hazardous Area Classification

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Confidential

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  • Lancashire

 

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  • Site wide DSEAR Assessment 

 

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RPS was appointed to conduct the update due to our extensive knowledge and experience of DSEAR requirements and experience in carrying out risk assessments and HAC.

Our pragmatic approach consisted of a careful examination of the dangerous substances and related processes on site, exploring ways in which people could be harmed.

We first analysed how the risk could be eliminated, and where this was not possible, we proposed how the risk could be reduced to As Low As Reasonably Practicable (ALARP), by applying the DSEAR hierarchy of control. 

In environments where an explosive atmosphere may occur, hazardous zones were defined. Our approach determined the minimum zones allowed in industry, this ensured that the future maintenance, inspection and equipment replacement costs are minimised. The solution gave guidance on the selection and installation of equipment that is specifically designed for use in hazardous environments. 

We also advised the customer of regular inspection and maintenance regimes required to uphold safety standards and maintain equipment certification.

The final package also included addressing other critical aspects of DSEAR. We advised on strategies for mitigation of a fire / explosion, emergency response plan, implementation of appropriate signage, pipeline identification and management of change procedures.

RPS’ tailored solution provided the facility with the much-needed update so that the risk assessment and HAC truly reflects the site in its current state. It ensured that the site remains compliant with DSEAR, has correctly defined hazardous zones, risks are minimised, and a safer working environment with a priority for employee’s safety is created.