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Case Studies » Balmoral Comtec

The challenge

As part of auditing, Balmoral Comtec identified the requirement to undertake a DSEAR assessment of its Aberdeen manufacturing site. The business uses various flammable substances in its production of offshore buoyancy, insulation and protection solutions. We were requested to attend site in 2019 to carry this out for the client.

DSEAR defines more specific requirements that relate to the risk of fire, explosion and similar events due to the presence or use of dangerous substances in the workplace than are required under the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations. It also addresses the immediate risk to personal safety rather than the potential exposure and health risk which falls under the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations.

The Solution provided

Following a full review of the dangerous substances stored and used in the manufacturing processes, as required under the DSEAR Regulations, a risk assessment was carried out including Hazardous Area Classification where potentially explosive atmospheres may exist.

Hazardous Area Classification applies to those areas where a flammable atmosphere may persist either briefly or for longer periods of time as outlined in the regulations – specifically within confines of equipment or around handling or storage locations. A recommendation to management was the minimisation of inventory held within the processing sub-units and the importance of adequate ventilation to reduce the likelihood of fire or explosion.

The assessment also considered if fine dusts were allowed to accumulate at the facility, and the potential to lead to an ignition /explosion incident. The importance of effective housekeeping regimes are essential to limit overall DSEAR hazard from processing operations on-site.

All findings were discussed with site management and presented in a comprehensive report with a prioritised action plan to work to.