DSEAR / ATEX Made Easy – Interactive Online Training

Training Period: 2 hours

The Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations 2002 (DSEAR) regulate the presence and use of flammable substances in the workplace which includes gases, liquids and dust.

Training plays a vital role as part of the Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulation 2002 (DSEAR), which requires employers to provide suitable and sufficient training to protect workers from fire and explosion risks related to dangerous substances and potentially explosive atmospheres.

To assist employers in achieving compliance, Gexcon has developed a cost effective, unique, interactive online training tool which allows employers and employees to improve their knowledge on a specialised subject.

Broken down into four modules, it provides a pragmatic overview to the DSEAR regulations and offers a basic understanding of the phenomenon of explosions, its effect and the expected consequences, how to become DSEAR compliant and how to protect personnel and equipment.

The course is accessed via browser and can be completed to complement working schedules, resulting in minimum disruption to the workplace.

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By the end of the course, learners will have a pragmatic overview of the DSEAR Regulations and the importance of good housekeeping in a facility where hazardous material is used and stored.


This course is aimed at managers and supervisors and operators of process plant and operations, where dangerous substances are used or stored or safety specialists who need to understand how to manage the risks from dangerous substances within the framework of the DSEAR duties.


In general, no special prerequisites are required. However, knowledge in process safety and experience in plant operation will be helpful.




  • Understand that explosions can and do happen in industry and appreciate the severity of these events.


  • Clarify acronyms and terminology relating to DSEAR and ATEX
  • Know how to find out if a material is flammable
  • Know that a risk assessment should be undertaken specific to use of hazardous substances (covered more in module 3)
  • Know that emergency plans, documentation, labelling and coordination are required under DSEAR.


  • Understand the basics of what information is needed for a risk assessment.
  • Know that there are three ‘grades’ of hazardous area and the signs that indicate the presence of one.
  • Know the hierarchy of reducing risk by prevention first.  (demonstrated with relevant examples)


  • Know that ATEX equipment should be used in Hazardous Zones designated by DSEAR
  • Clarify confusing and overlapping terminology in relation to ATEX equipment (category / EPL)
  • Be able to identify a piece of equipment which falls under the ATEX directive
  • Be able to identify protection devices which fall under the ATEX directive
  • Understand the meaning and importance of competency in an ATEX context

  • A pragmatic overview of DSEAR & ATEX Regulations.
  • Compliance and satisfaction of DSEAR Regulation 9 for Employers.
  • Modular based learning with knowledge stops to test learners understanding.
  • Minimum disruption to the workplace.
  • Cost effective solution to vital workplace training.
  • Easy access via browser and compatible across all devices
  • SCORM Compatible with in-house Learning Management Systems.
  • CPD Accreditation.

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