What is the significance of ATEX legislation?
ATEX and DSEAR (The Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations 2002) are a set of regulations designed to protect people from fires, explosive atmospheres and similar events arising from dangerous substances used in the workplace. Employers have a legal responsibility to provide their workers with protection in line with the requirements described by The ATEX and DSEAR Regulations.
ATEX legislation – Who does it affect?
The ATEX and DSEAR regulations apply to all employers and the self employed.
ATEX and DSEAR are applicable to many industries, but mostly impact the petrochemical industry offshore and onshore, petrol, flammable liquids, chemical manufacture, processing, the handling manufacture and storage of bulk powders and mining. Industries that have higher risk rates in relation to danger from explosive atmospheres, exothermic reactions and fire will need to adhere to these regulations.