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Case Studies » Balmoral Comtec

The Challenge

Balmoral Comtec manufactures sub-sea buoyancy, flotation, insulation and elastomer products for the oil and gas industry.

As part of internal audit processes at their Aberdeen manufacturing facility, they identified a requirement for a DSEAR risk assessment to consider compliance with the Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations 2002 (DSEAR), incorporating Amendment 1: June 2015.

The Solution Provided

In working with the company, it was incumbent on us to provide advice on management activities to minimise the impact from hazardous substances. This included a review of hazardous substances as defined under DSEAR, along with discussion over storage and use, and containment mechanisms. Where a potentially explosive atmosphere may exist due to loss of containment, then ventilation and minimisation of viable ignition sources are required. Recognised standards and guidance are then used in performing Hazardous Area Classification and determining the appropriate status and extent of Hazardous Areas / Zones for site operations. As required, sketches and drawings to accompany the tables were then produced.

An assessment of the site in compliance with the DSEAR regulations 2002 identified that overall risk was deemed acceptable.

All relevant site issues were considered and a detailed DSEAR report, hazardous zoning plan and series of recommendations was issued to management to ensure sufficient control of DSEAR risks is maintained.