Firms risk prosecution for failing to meet dangerous substance regulations

Article date: 12 September 2003

Companies not meeting the demands of the latest regulationsgoverning dangerous substances and explosive atmospheres could facelegal action, according to Norwich Union Risk Services.

The Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations2002 (DSEAR) require businesses to assess risk, identify hazardouszones and implement control measures where explosive atmospheresmay be present.

Teresa Budworth, Norwich Union Risk Services’ Training andConsultancy Manager, said: “The consequences of failing tomeet the requirements of these regulations can be far more seriousthan even a prosecution. A dust or flammable atmosphere explosioncan lead to multiple fatalities and gross damage toplant.”

Organisations can learn more about complying with theregulations through two new one-day seminars being run by NorwichUnion Risk Services around the UK.

The Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres course givesmanagers and safety professionals the knowledge they need to ensuretheir company is compliant. For technical personnel and safetyprofessionals, the DSEAR Assessment course will equip them toperform risk assessments and implement control measures.

For further information about these courses contact 0500 55 9977 or by visiting


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