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FETA issues DSEAR risk guidance

UK: With the increasing use of flammable refrigerants, FETA has issued new Guidance on Risk Assessments for compliance with the Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations (DSEAR).

The DSEAR regulation was amended in 2015 to include gases under pressure, which means that all refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pump (RACHP) installations need to be compliant. It therefore places requirements to assess the risk for refrigerants and puts into place suitable control and mitigation measures.

Following a joint meeting between FETA, the Institute of Refrigeration (IoR) and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) last autumn, it was agreed that FETA would lead the project to pull together appropriate guidance, and this document is the first fruit of that work.

Mike Nankivell, chairman of the FETA A2L refrigerant working group, which has coordinated this project, said: “Under HSE regulations there is a duty to ensure that neither staff nor members of the public are put at risk in their place of work. This easy-to-follow guidance has been produced by FETA to help employers carry out their risk assessments correctly and ensure the safety of all parties within their workplace.

“The Guidance should be read in conjunction with the regulation itself along with the HSE’s own Approved Code of Practice (ACOP),” he added.

The publication has been reviewed by the HSE prior to issue. The intention is to follow up this guide with more specific, application based risk assessment guidance, covering a range of typical refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pump installations to help the industry in complying with this regulation.

The new document will be available to download from the publications section of the FETA website from March 18.

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