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HSE issues safety alert for users of Hadar ATEX lighting equipment

10 February 2016

The UK Health and Safety Executive has issued a safety alert over potential compliance and safety concerns with certain Hadar Luminaire Products. The alert is aimed at those using the HDL100, HDL106, HDL 206 or HDL109 series of luminaires, part of the Hadar ATEX range of lighting products.

The products were manufactured by the Hadar Division of the A-Belco Group during the period 2006 - 2016 and are intended for use in potentially explosive atmospheres.

The HSE says testing of sample products by a Notified Body has identified that they do not meet the required standards for impact resistance and ingress protection or the Essential Health and Safety Requirements of the ATEX Directives (94/9/EC and its replacement 2014/34/EU) based upon the temperature ranges communicated for this range of light fittings.

As such they are not considered to comply with the Directive (or the UK implementing Regulations “The Equipment and Protective Systems Intended for Use in Potentially Explosive Atmospheres Regulations 1996” (SI 1996-192)).

Consequently, these luminaires may present a source of ignition that could result in a fire or explosion when used in potentially flammable atmospheres identified under the Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations 2002 (DSEAR). They may also fail to operate safely or effectively when used in wet or dirty environments.

The HSE recommends that where HDL100, HDL106, HDL206 and HDL109 luminaires are installed in accordance with hazardous zones identified by a DSEAR risk assessment, an inspection in accordance with BS EN 60079-17 is completed. Particular attention should be paid to the following:
*Signs of moisture or condensation within the housing beyond allowable limits of the standard.
*Defects in the outer cover, for example; deformation, cracking, crazing or degradation.

The HSE also recommends that any defective luminaires be replaced with products conforming to the requirements of the ATEX Directive and with the required level of protection for the hazardous zone identified under DSEAR.  Non-defective luminaires should continue to be regularly inspected and maintained in accordance with BS EN 60079-17 to ensure they are safe for continued use.

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