The U.K NO1 DSEAR Risk Assessment Specialists

Case Studies » Cerealto

The challenge

A visit was made to the Worksop premises of Cerealto on Wednesday March 15th 2017 to review compliance in respect of the Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations 2002 (DSEAR). These regulations implement an EU Directive (ATEX137) concerned with protection of workers and adopt a risk-based approach to protect personnel against fire and explosion hazards.

This visit was a follow up verification as the site is substantially complete and under commissioning trials. We had previously undertaken a DSEAR review in July 2016.

Cerealto produces a range of biscuits in five manufacturing lines plus a Gluten Free line from a range of ingredients, many of which produce explosive dusts.

The solution provided

The focus of the DSEAR assessment for Cerealto was upon arrangements for offloading, transporting and processing of potentially explosive raw materials and equipment used to collect dust from the environment. As previously mentioned the site was found to be substantially complete; however, it was apparent that many procedural requirements were not.

A review of the actions from the 2016 report was completed and findings included with a consolidated action list from the 2016 report and this verification visit. Verification is required by the Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations (DSEAR) 2002.

In working with Cerealto, it was incumbent on us to provide relevant advice to minimise the impact from DSEAR substances. Recognised standards and guidance were then used in determining the appropriate status and extent of DSEAR hazardous zones. Significant findings from the risk assessment survey were clearly recorded with recommendations to mitigate fire and explosion hazards or support best practice on-site. This has allowed management to look to address any deficiencies in the controls in place before full production is underway.