SHEP: A closer look at DSEAR

Thursday 27th January 

12:00PM - 1.00PM GMT



This webinar is designed to provide attendees with information relating to DSEAR (Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations).

Speakers include Peter Slee-Smith who heads up Dodman DSEAR, a company that specialises in helping UK food processing companies implement and comply with the DSEAR regulations, and Scott Harding - Sales Director and joint owner of industrial process fan manufacturer Woodcock & Wilson.


Speaker: Peter Slee-Smith

Peter Slee-Smith heads up Dodman DSEAR, a company that specialises in helping UK food processing companies implement and comply with the DSEAR regulations. I am a chartered engineer with 35 years of engineering experience in the food industry. Before specialising in explosive atmospheres, Peter held senior roles with leading materials handling companies working on many international projects. He helped found Dodman DSEAR to bridge the gap between the initial audit and successful DSEAR implementation. Peter works with many blue-chip food processing companies to maximise their investment.


Introduction to Peter Slee-Smith’s presentation:

DSEAR is embedded in UK law under the Health and Safety and Work Act. Employers, not suppliers, are responsible for implementing DSEAR. This presentation is a brief introduction to DSEAR and the steps required by the employer to comply with these complex regulations. I will discuss responsibilities, the risk assessment process, implementation of DSEAR and how to seek guidance and support.


Speaker: Scott Harding

Scott Harding is Sales Director & joint owner of Woodcock & Wilson, and is a member of the IECEx Committee, UKATEX committee, UKEX committee, Nuclear Institute, National Nuclear Ventilation forum, SHAPA, and the Fan Manufacturer’s Association. He has over 30 years' experience in the industrial fan industry covering fan design, manufacture & process safety. He is a driving force behind mechanical safety within the process industry, providing knowledge sharing with lectures & presentations on the ATEX fan standard EN14986, EN80079-36, EN80079-37 and the introduction of the IECEx non-electrical standard in 2016.


Introduction to Scott Harding’s presentation: ‘ATEX equipment - we don’t know what we don’t know’

End users are ultimately responsible for the employee’s safety when working in a potentially explosive atmosphere, as per the ATEX directive.
How can they guarantee the hazardous area equipment is safe?

For all types of hazardous area equipment there is a reliance on manufacturers to get it right.
Scott’s presentation covers the pitfalls in the certification process by both Notified Bodies & manufacturers “They don’t know what they don’t know”.

It highlights how manufacturers and OEMs’ conformity assessment is incorrectly reviewed and how Notified Bodies are unaware of the correct EN standards to assess to. As non-electrical Hazardous area equipment can be manufactured without any independent technical review or testing, this puts end-users at immense risk.

The presentation includes guidance on how to look for issues with product certification and how the reliance on a declaration of conformity could be fatal.