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Equipment Risk Assessments

By rights the only equipment permitted in a hazardous area is equipment that meets the requirements of the Product Directive, by way of the British EPS Regulation. The use of equipment certified as such by a notified body meets this obligation without question. But what of all the equipment installed prior to July 2003, before the regulation was fully implemented? Provided that equipment met health and safety requirements at the time and remains fit for purpose that too is acceptable. This can be verified by inspection of course, and should be documented.

Where equipment is already installed in a hazardous area without certification, it is sometimes possible to demonstrate compliance with a risk assessment. The measure is the fundamental Essential Safety and Health Requirements (ESHRs) of the regulations as embodied in the equipment construction standards, and the employer must fully justify his decision. For this purpose it is necessary to employ a person familiar with the standards and to keep a record of the assessment. Where we have successfully advised companies in this respect it has saved them much expense and disruption.

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