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Maintenance and use of non-electrical equipment in potentially explosive atmospheres - Hazardex 2016

Author : Michael Brimble – HSEC

16 October 2015


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In Great Britain the requirements of Directive 99/92/EC were put into effect through
regulations 5, 6, and 11 of the Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres
Regulations 2002 (DSEAR).
 
It is the responsibility of employers under the ATEX 137 Directive (99/92/EC), (also known
as the 'ATEX Workplace Directive') to ensure that equipment installed in potentially explosive
atmospheres is safe for operation within the zoned areas, and adequately maintained to
ensure that the means of protection against potential sources of ignition remains effective.
 
Electrical equipment installed in potentially explosive atmospheres is generally covered for
inspection and maintenance by BS EN 60079-17:2014 and nationally recognised training
schemes. It is the experience of the author that the deficiency of equivalent standards for
non-electrical equipment has resulted in many maintenance managers and technicians being
unsure as to how to fulfill their duties in this regard.
 
This paper introduces an inspection and maintenance methodology based upon parameters
specified  in  the  EN  13463  series  of  standards  and  will  describe  the  principles  and  safe
operating practices that enable non-electrical equipment to be maintained and used safely in potentially explosive atmospheres.


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