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The challenge

Momentive Combined Composite Technologies Ltd based at Concorde Way, Fareham in Hampshire produces specialist components for the aerospace and marine industries. Typically the operations involve the use of GRP and carbon fibre technologies.

A key element relates to findings associated with the impact from flammable substances in areas with an inherent risk of ignition \u2013 and which may lead to fire and explosion. While the company have measures in place that should significantly reduce the potential for incident, it is necessary to confirm the classification and location of any specific hazardous zones, as defined under DSEAR, to support ongoing safety of plant operations.

From the survey it was evident that the main area of concern surrounds the use of acetone; a highly flammable material that can generate a flammable atmosphere under certain conditions.

The solution provided

A defining principle for DSEAR is to reduce the quantity of dangerous substances held on-site to a minimum. Regulation 6 identifies that where it is reasonably practicable an employer should reduce the risk by substituting the dangerous substance with one that is not dangerous or less dangerous.

In working with the company, it was incumbent on us to support operations that lead to an acceptable level of residual risk and Momentive were provided with a detailed risk assessment and survey report. The report issued looked at the impact from hazardous substance use at the site and the existing control measures in place. Additionally to support this report pictorial evidence was captured in the accompanying survey inspection report.

From the survey it was clear that the key DSEAR risks for the site operations was mainly concerned around the use of acetone and the storage inside the building. Although there were working LEV systems in place it was felt that improvements were necessary.

To assist Momentive moving forwards an action plan was provided to management with recommended actions and timescales for completion. To support this the report clearly outlined reference to DSEAR regulations, associated ACoPs (Approved Code of Practice), HSE guidance and recognised standards. These were considered during the risk assessment process, and in determination of the status and extent of any hazardous zones the business needed to apply.”

What Momentive CCT said:

Thanks for the professional and quick response; this will really assist us to move forwards with our plans.

Dave Andrews
Momentive CCT