Fire and explosion risks in printing

Printing often involves flammable materials which can create significant fire and explosion risks. This page identifies some printing specific risks, outlines what you need to do and where you can find out more information.

Particular risks in printing include:

What you need to do

Assess the risks

In addition to your general risk assessments you must assess the fire and explosion risks from any dangerous substances used/produced in your workplace in accordance with the Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations 2002 (DSEAR). The assessment needs to consider the;

Provide control measures to eliminate or reduce risk such as:

Minimise risk of fire spread of fire by;

Design Dryers to BS EN 1539:2009.

Earlier dryers should meet BS EN 1539:2000 or if older have:

Dryers should be modified to meet the current standard where/when this is reasonably practicable

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Updated: 2021-11-09