Carolyn Nicholls

Operations Director - RAS Limited

Presentation Title : DSEAR Compliance: Beyond Hazardous Area Classification

Abstract : The Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations (DSEAR) are in place to ensure that establishments with substances that could cause an ignited incident have identified and appropriately managed their risks. When thinking about DSEAR, the first thing that springs to mind for most operators is hazardous area classification, as the primary output of this process, zoning maps, are a key and tangible deliverable to demonstrate compliance. The Regulations, however, go much further than this and the less tangible organisational aspects are often eclipsed by the technical requirements.

A comprehensive demonstration is required of the measures in place to eliminate and reduce risks, as well as a description of arrangements for emergency response, communication and training. Failure to fully consider these aspects results not only in a weaker demonstration, but a misunderstanding of the risk and how to control it, leading to inefficient resource management. In this presentation, RAS Ltd will explore how organisations can ensure they are taking a comprehensive, but pragmatic, approach to DSEAR by integrating the key principles into the wider management system. Using experience of working with operators of high hazard sites to demonstrate compliance, the presentation will aim to clarify the requirements vs recommendations for explosion protection documentation, and give an insight into how sites can integrate DSEAR compliance into their day to day operations.

Bio : Operations Director of RAS Limited, Carolyn is an MIChemE Professional Process Safety Engineer, and has been in the risk and hazard management industry for over ten years. Carolyn leads the RAS team of risk and hazard management consultants and has been instrumental in creating the company’s assessment methodologies. Carolyn has experience of working with a large number of UK COMAH and high hazard sites to develop safety reports and provide support in all aspects of risk management, in particular consequence analysis and risk assessment, and evaluating the economic impact of improvement measures. Working in the areas of safety to people and environment equally.