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The challenge

Galliford Try plc operates a highways maintenance contract for Salford City Council under the ‘Urban Vision’ banner. A visit was made to their depot at Swinton Hall Road, in Salford in April 2014, to consider compliance with the Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations 2002 (DSEAR).

The site has specialist storage facilities for fuel, including hazardous LPG and fuel dispensing facilities to power vehicles associated with the highways maintenance contract.

The Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations 2002 (DSEAR) impose a requirement to eliminate or reduce risks to safety from fire, explosion or other events arising from the hazardous properties of any dangerous substance used in connection with work processes.

The solution provided

The Swinton Hall Road site is located in a dedicated industrial area - with operations spread over a large open yard. Authorised vehicles are provided with fuel from the bulk material storage facilities located in external depot areas.

It was identified that a maximum of around 30 employees operate from the yard and that most employee operations typically do not involve direct handling of hazardous substances.

The site has a bulk LPG tank, petrol and diesel tanks, various compressed gas cylinders and some flammable consumables.

An assessment of the site was completed in compliance with the DSEAR regulations 2002 and overall risk deemed acceptable. However feedback indicated a number of relevant actions including the importance of hazardous area classification; and ensuring integrity checks are part of a planned preventative maintenance programme for the site.

A detailed DSEAR report, hazardous zoning plan and series of recommendations was issued to management to ensure sufficient control of DSEAR risks is maintained.