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The challenge

A visit was made to the International Automotive Components (IAC) site at Solihull, West Midlands on 16th December 2014 to consider compliance in respect of the Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations 2002 (DSEAR). IAC operations incorporate manufacture of automotive components for a range of global markets.

The DSEAR focus is primarily upon arrangements for automated press machinery, paint spray facilities and other flammable substances in use on-site. Coatings are applied to many of the components within an enclosed paint line facility – this includes a paint mixing kitchen and spray application booths. While processing is not particularly complex, there is some potential for generation of a flammable atmosphere in normal operation.

The solution provided

A full review of the operations and substances in use was undertaken. The site uses a wide range of flammables and risks were identified surrounding flammable vapours, gases and dusts.

A detailed analysis of the operations and company procedures etc was reported back to the business to identify where any potential DSEAR risks existed, the extent of the risk and what actions would be required to mitigate these risks.

Hazardous zoning requirements were clearly outlined and simple drawings provided to enable quick recognition of the zones and the areas covered.

Many of the risks identified were confirmed as low risks however the business was provided with an easy to follow action plan to take them forwards to full DSEAR compliance.

What IAC Group said:

Thank you MESH for such a professional support to our business; we really appreciate the clearly laid out report and are confident to proceed in the knowledge of how to address any compliance issues raised.

David R Wilson
IAC Group