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Case Studies » Comma Oils

The challenge

A visit was made to Comma Oils site in Gravesend November 2016 to consider compliance with the Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations 2002 (DSEAR). Operations incorporate storage, blending and filling of various liquid components into finished (from 205L drummed to 5L containers) products. It was found that key flammable components include Acetone, Ethanol, Toluene, Methanol, IPA, and other solvents and base oils and additives. These solvents provide the main DSEAR hazards for the site.

The solution provided

It was found that product formulations involve a range of substances and many are flammable – albeit some are ‘high- flashpoint materials’ and will not normally present a DSEAR hazard at ambient. However dangerous substances are integral to dispensing, mixing and filling operations on-site including flammable solvents.

Areas of in-depth review and analysis included the bulk storage, mixing and filling operations, along with Hazardous Area Classification and recommendations for improvements to ensure risks reduced so far as is reasonably practicable. Additionally advice was given on the importance of adequate ventilation. A prioritized corrective action plan was drawn up with the client to assist with their budget and planning during phased improvements.

The detailed assessment, drawings and action plan was presented in a full DSEAR report for management.

What Comma Oils said:

Many thanks for your visit, it was very useful and increased our knowledge considerably. Kind regards, Hardik

Hardik Halvadia - SHE Advisor
Comma Oils