Introduction to DSEAR / ATEX Regulations

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Health and safety legislation requires that employers provide a safe working environment.

DSEAR (ATEX/CAD in Europe) sets out a mechanism for minimising the risks where flammable materials are handled which could create an explosive atmosphere.

Employers have a legal obligation not only to comply with this but to prepare and maintain documentary evidence.

  • New regulations came into force June 30th 2003
  • Date for final, total compliance 1st July 2006
  • Implements 2 x European directives:-
  • Chemical Agents Directive (CAD) and Explosive Atmosphere Directive (ATEX 137)
  • DSEAR sets minimum requirements for protection of workers from fire (& explosion) risks related to dangerous substances & potentially explosive atmospheres
  • DSEAR complements the requirements to manage risks under the Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations 1999