(DSEAR) Means Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations are effective as of 2002. People’s safety can be at risk from dangerous substances such as fire, explosion, or corrosion of metal. DSEAR has regulations that ask employers and the self-employed to protect workers from workplace hazards. Public members who are at risk from work activities must be protected.

What are the most dangerous substances?

If dangerous substances are present at work, they could cause injury to workers if they weren’t properly controlled. This includes substances that can ignite, explode, or cause the corrosion of metal. These substances can be found in almost all workplaces. They include solvents, paints, and varnishes as well as flammable gas (such as liquid petroleum gases (LPG), dust from machining or sanding operations, dust derived from food, pressurized gasses, and other substances that are corrosive to the metal.

What is DSEAR required?

Employers should:

  • Find out which dangerous substances and the potential risks in your workplace.
  • You can either eliminate these risks or control them if they are not.
  • To reduce any incidents involving dangerous substances, put in place controls
  • Prepare plans and procedures for dealing with emergencies, incidents, and accidents involving dangerous substances
  • Make sure that employees are adequately informed and trained on how to deal with dangerous substances.
  • Identify and classify the areas in your workplace where explosive atmospheres could occur. Also, avoid ignition sources (e.g. unprotected equipment) in these areas.