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Case Studies » Ottima

The challenge

A visit was made to Ottima factory based in Lancing, West Sussex in December 2015 to consider compliance in respect of the Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations 2002 (DSEAR).

The factory operations included the use of paints, lacquers, hardeners and thinners (most of which are classified as highly flammable) and also a number of LPG cylinders. Additionally there was a large number of wood cutting machines and these can create a large volume of wood dust.

The solution provided

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.

It was immediately evident that housekeeping was generally very good; which given the nature of the business is a credit to management and staff. All wood cutting machinery was well covered by an extraction system that collects wood dust and transfers it to the biomass boiler for burning. This system was designed in to the factory ready for operations to commence; it was found to be well maintained.

The range of materials in use meant that it was important to ensure that suitable controls were in place across all operations and that these were also being properly maintained. We completed a detailed review of each activity and process area and reported back to management.

Hazardous are classifications requirements were identified and explained in the comprehensive report provided to the business. Importantly this included a detailed improvement plan to take the business forwards to compliance.