UK DSEAR Regulations 2002
The Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmosphere Regulations (DSEAR) came into force on 9 December 2002, under UK Statutory Instrument 2002 No. 2776.
DSEAR sets minimum standards for managing the risks and protecting workers from fires, explosions and similar energetic (energy releasing) events arising from the use of dangerous substances. It applies to nearly all workplaces where dangerous substances are used.
Under UK legislation (Health & Safety at Work Act) employers are responsible for ensuring the health and safety of their employees and also of the public, if they are at risk from dangerous substances.
Employers must also comply with these new regulations to ensure the Safety of Workers where dangerous substances are used.
DSEAR implements for the UK parts of the EC Chemical Agents Directive 98/24/EC (CAD) and the Explosive Atmospheres Directive (ATEX 137).
The Protection of Workers at Risk from Potentially Explosive Atmospheres Directive 1999/92/EC (ATEX 137) establishes minimum requirements to protect workers against hazards from explosive atmospheres. It deals only with explosive atmospheres. It must be implemented by 30 June 2003. It should not be confused with the ATEX 95 Directive 94/9/EC, which deals with the equipment for use in potentially explosive atmospheres.
Further information can be obtained from the HSE DSEAR Website.