Gary Horgan (CMSE Consultancy Manager at the Chris Mee Group) and his team are outlining the path for companies to ensure they are compliant with Part 8 “Explosive Atmospheres at Places of Work” of the Health, Safety & Welfare at Work (General Applications) Regulation 2007 in a series of focussed blogs.
This is Blog number 3 in the series.
In the latest of our series of process safety blogs which are taking you through the process of developing an Explosion Protection Document, we will be looking at the key legal requirements relating to explosion safety in Ireland.
As mentioned briefly in our previous blog, the legal requirements for dealing with explosive atmospheres primarily derives from two European directives:
The term “ATEX” is derived from the French “ATmosphères EXplosives”. Another acronym often encountered in explosion safety is DSEAR; this is an acronym used for the “Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations” which is the UK legislation which transposes the European ATEX Workplace Directive.
In this blog we will focus on the essential requirements arising from Part 8 of the Safety, Health & Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations 2007.
In general, the Regulations apply at most workplaces where flammable substances are stored or used, for example, factories where flammable liquids are present or where flammable dusts are produced in the process. Examples include pharmaceutical manufacturing, chemical processing, LPG storage and filling, milk drying, and flour production.
Some specific types of workplace and equipment are excluded (such as appliances which burn gaseous fuels, and transport of dangerous goods) as these areas are covered by separate Directives and Regulations.
What then are the key requirements of Part 8 of the Safety, Health & Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations 2007? Overall, the Regulations set out the general requirements to manage fire and explosion risks, and impose some specific requirements, which are described below. Employers and the self-employed must:
In later blogs, we will examine each of these requirements in greater detail.
While the regulations set out the minimum legal requirements, CMSE Consultants continue to assist our clients to meet or exceed these requirements in a practical and pragmatic way. We draw on our experience working in a wide range of sectors and businesses, including Pharmaceuticals, Energy, Medical Devices and Food & Drink Manufacturing.
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