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First IECEx certification body for personnel competence

21 June 2010

Baseefa of Buxton is proud to announce that it is the first Certification Body in the new IECEx Certification of Personnel Competency Scheme to have satisfied assessors that it is capable of operating across all 10 units of competency.

Baseefa is first IECEx certification body to gain personnel competence qualification
Baseefa is first IECEx certification body to gain personnel competence qualification

Plant owners now have an opportunity to use a worldwide standard for judging whether or not the staff they employ to install, inspect and maintain their plant are truly competent for the purpose.
In Europe, the ATEX User Directive 1999/92/EC reinforces the statements in the international standards in the IEC 60079 series, parts 10, 14, 17 and 19 which refer directly to the requirement to have competent people. This applies to those in charge of the operations (responsible persons) as well as the hands-on people (the operatives).

The 10 units of competence, most of which can be subdivided in relation to the protection concepts or the management level of the individual, are:

  1. Basic principles of Ex Protection
  2. Classification of Hazardous Areas
  3. Installation of Equipment and Wiring Systems
  4. Maintaining Equipment
  5. Overhaul and Repair of Equipment
  6. Testing Electrical Installations
  7. Visual and Close Inspection
  8. Detailed Inspection
  9. Designing Installations
  10. Auditing of Installations
In addition to a stringent written examination with a combination of multiple choice and extended answer questions, many of the units also have a practical test, spotting and correcting installation errors on actual hardware.

Baseefa’s managing director Ron Sinclair explained: "Competence is more than simply being able to sit an exam after training. It is about the sustained ability to correctly apply the knowledge and skills gained during both formal and on-the-job training.

"The IECEx Scheme requires validated evidence of how an individual has been performing in their ‘day job’, and this evidence is updated on a regular basis as part of certification maintenance. Baseefa’s secure Competency Certification website makes this process easy. To initiate the application process, just log on to www.competency.baseefa.com."

Although Baseefa has offered related training for many years and continues to do so, it is important that the training activity is separated from the certification activity, and Baseefa’s rigorous procedures ensure that necessary separation.

At recent meetings, oil giants Total and Petronas have put their weight behind the scheme, and have indicated that once sufficient operatives have the IECEx Certificate, possession of the certificate will become a necessity for access to their sites across the world.


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