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The Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations 2002

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Regulation 6(8)

SCHEDULE 1GENERAL SAFETY MEASURES

1.  The following measures are those specified for the purposes of regulation 6(8).

WORKPLACE AND WORK PROCESSES

2.  Ensuring that the workplace is designed, constructed and maintained so as to reduce risk.

3.  Designing, constructing, assembling, installing, providing and using suitable work processes so as to reduce risk.

4.  Maintaining work processes in an efficient state, in efficient working order and in good repair.

5.  Ensuring that equipment and protective systems meet the following requirements—

(a)where power failure can give rise to the spread of additional risk, equipment and protective systems must be able to be maintained in a safe state of operation independently of the rest of the plant in the event of power failure;

(b)means for manual override must be possible, operated by employees competent to do so, for shutting down equipment and protective systems incorporated within automatic processes which deviate from the intended operating conditions, provided that the provision or use of such means does not compromise safety;

(c)on operation of emergency shutdown, accumulated energy must be dissipated as quickly and as safely as possible or isolated so that it no longer constitutes a hazard; and

(d)necessary measures must be taken to prevent confusion between connecting devices.

ORGANISATIONAL MEASURES

6.  The application of appropriate systems of work including—

(a)the issuing of written instructions for the carrying out of the work; and

(b)a system of permits to work with such permits being issued by a person with responsibility for this function prior to the commencement of the work concerned,

where the work is carried out in hazardous places or involves hazardous activities.

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