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Case Studies » BAE Walney Island

The challenge

Walney Island Airfield is located north west of the centre of Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, England. The airfield is owned by BAE Systems, who operate private flights for commuting staff to and from other facilities in the United Kingdom.

As part of the airfield upgrade, a request was made to consider compliance in respect of the Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations 2002 (DSEAR).

The solution provided

DSEAR focus was upon arrangements for handling flammable aviation fuels in relation to external fuelling and internal hangar scenarios.

DSEAR imposes 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 a work process.

In working with the site relevant advice to minimise the impact from hazardous substances was provided. Recognised standards and guidance were used in determining the appropriate status and extent of DSEAR hazardous zones for site operations.

Significant findings from the risk assessment survey were clearly laid out in a detailed report. This included identification of where the risk existed, what the level of risk was and what improvement actions should be implemented to control the risks going forwards.