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Area Classification and Risk Assessment

Regulation 5 of DSEAR requires that where a dangerous substance is or is liable to be present at the workplace, the employer shall make a suitable and sufficient assessment of the risks to his employees which arise from that substance.

Part of Regulation 7 of DSEAR requires that the employer classifies places at the workplace where an explosive atmosphere may occur into hazardous or non-hazardous places i.e. a hazardous area study must be completed.

IEC can complete both the risk assessment and area classification on behalf of the client.

Our purpose is to reduce the extent of the classified areas where we can, eliminate them if possible, and to this end we will advise on ventilation, housekeeping, handling, etc where it makes a difference.

It is vital that an accurate area classification study is completed. For instance, it is undeniably dangerous if an area is classified safe when it is actually hazardous. Much less appreciated are the consequences of getting it wrong the other way. An area that is over-classified will drain profits from your company for as long as it remains so; initially in the form of an overly expensive installation, thereafter in costly maintenance and inspection.

We classify areas in line with the harmonized standard BS EN 60079-10, also with the model code of practice if there is an affinity with a particular industry e.g. Institute of Petroleum IP15, Institute of Gas Engineers IGE SR25 etc. We provide the formal report for your records and the area classification drawings and supporting calculations that go with it.

Case Studies

HSE Improvement Notice

A new client operating in a remote part of the country came to us...

Petroleum Industry

With all the publicity concerning DSEAR our client was concerned...

Food Manufacturing

A national food manufacturing company had completed an area...

Useful Links

HSE - Guide to DSEAR
DSEAR Regulations
BSi - BS EN 60079 Standard
BSi - BS EN 61241 Standard
Compex - Training
Enterprise and Industry - ATEX
HazardEx Journal