ATEX 137 & DSEAR Compliance Services for Hazardous Areas

Published 13 Mar 2020

Thorne & Derrick & SGS Baseefa

Hazardous Area & Explosive Atmosphere Experts

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ATEX 137 & DSEAR Compliance Services

Helping To Protect Employees & Plants from the Risk of Explosion in Hazardous Areas

Thorne & Derrick, the Experts in Equipment for Explosive Atmospheres, with the permission of SGS Baseefa are providing a series of articles to advocate the importance of independent services that ensure the protection of employees and property from explosion risk in hazardous areas – this is achieved through the provision of training and ensuring that equipment intended for use in potentially explosive atmospheres is correctly certified according to ATEX and IECEx international classifications by a accredited Notified Body.

Part 5

ATEX/DSEAR installation compliance services from SGS – protect workers from fire and explosion risks.

The UK Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations (DSEAR) are concerned with protection against risks from fire, explosion and similar events, arising from the use of dangerous substances in the workplace. The regulations set out minimum requirements for the protection of workers from fire and explosion risks related to dangerous substances and explosive atmospheres.

Our services to installers and users of explosion protected equipment complement our ATEX and IECEx Equipment Certification Services.


DSEAR became part of UK law on 30 June 2003. It imposes duties on employers and the self-employed, and is the UK transposition of European Directive 1999/92/EC. Similar legislation applies throughout most of the world and our services can be adapted to local legislation anywhere.

Although the legal framework in Europe is based on ATEX, the same international standards are applicable anywhere in the world, albeit sometimes with minor adaptations for local conditions:

  • IEC 60079-10-1 Area Classification – Gases and Vapours
  • IEC 60079-10-2 Area Classification – Hazardous Dusts
  • IEC 60079-14 Equipment Selection and Installation
  • IEC 60079-17 Installation Inspection

ATEX & IECEx Certification | hazardous area equipment certification from SGS meets the legal requirements for products used in explosive atmospheres.


With a vast amount of experience in these standards and in explosion protection generally, we provide a comprehensive range of installation compliance services. This unique service is provided by our professionally qualified and experienced staff, all experts in their field, who deliver practical, pragmatic advice and guidance to our customers to assist them in meeting the challenges of compliance with local regulations. Our services include:

  • Hazardous area health checks
  • User risk assessments
  • Hazardous area classification (BS EN 60079-10-1/-2 & Industry Codes)
  • Implementation, planning and project management
  • Plant and operational hazard analysis
  • Management system auditing and plant inspection services

For more information about how our ATEX/DSEAR compliance and explosive atmosphere services can support your business, contact us today.


Based in Buxton, Derbyshire, SGS Baseefa’s staff has over 300 years experience of Ex equipment between them and is a major contributor to developing the standards for Ex equipment, at UK, European and international level.


SGS Baseefa

Research work into explosions in hazardous atmospheres has been carried out at our Buxton site since the 1920s. SGS Baseefa is now one of the largest organisations in the world with a laboratory dedicated to certification in this area and a world leader in the field.

In Europe, SGS Baseefa is one of the most recognised Notified Bodies for issuing the certification required by the European ATEX Directive. We are at the forefront of international product certification within the IECEx Equipment Certification Scheme, having issued more certificates in this field than any other certification body in the world.

Beyond certification we also provide an accessible yet authoritative source of expertise in many related areas. With extensive experience and knowledge of the application of industry standards in many areas we actively participate in committees formulating standards both at the European and international levels.

Through our global network we can offer a truly worldwide service to you, wherever you may be, providing documentation to support your sales throughout the world and to give your customers confidence in the products you sell.

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