Case 51 - Insurers required DSEAR risk assessment for aerosol items sold in store


A retail manager contacted the panel because their landlord's insurers were requiring a DSEAR (Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations) risk assessment to be undertaken because of the aerosol items being sold in store. The manager sought advice from the local Environmental Health Officer on this issue who advised that the risks for aerosols should be considered under the general MHSWR (Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations) risk assessment and a separate assessment under DSEAR was not necessary.

Panel decision

Unless there are some specific circumstances which have led to the insurer making this request, the panel consider the request to provide a separate DSEAR assessment as over the top. The sensible, normal approach to such premises would be to produce one risk assessment which incorporates DSEAR requirements.