DSEAR Risk Assessments

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DSEAR stands for Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations 2002. This law is in place to protect people from the risk of fires caused by explosion and corrosion of metal within the workplace. A dangerous substance is any substance used or present at work that could cause harm to individuals as a result of a fire. These include solvents, paints, varnishes, flammable gases, dust from machining and sanding and substances corrosive to metal.

What are dangerous substances? 

Dangerous substances are substances or mixtures of substances (called ‘preparations’ in DSEAR) that could cause risk to people’s safety through events such as fires and explosions.

Organisations must take steps through assessment to eliminate or reduce the risks presented by such materials as far as reasonably practicable, and to effectively manage any residual risk that remains.  

How can the FPA help?

The FPA can provide specialist consultants to conduct comprehensive DSEAR risk assessments for your organisation. Our assessment reports will provide clear recommendations on the actions that need to be taken to ensure the safety of employees and others who may be on the premises, limit risks to the premises and achieve compliance with the Regulations.

Our risk assessment process provides an in depth review, and reporting of:

  • hazardous materials 
  • storage provisions of dangerous substances 
  • the use of dangerous substances 
  • supporting activities including safety critical work operations
  • control measures 
  • emergency planning and procedures 
  • maintenance of plant and machinery
  • hazardous area zone classification 
  • potential sources of ignition in zone and classified areas
  • interconnection of plant and buildings 
  • spillage containment and recovery 
  • control of waste products and materials 


To find out more about how we can assist you, please click below to email or call us on 01608 812 529

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