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  • Hazardex March: Editor's comment

    23 March 2020

    Since taking over as Editor of Hazardex, I have made a conscious effort to seek out the latest developments regarding hazardous area-related research being conducted at universities and organisations around the world....

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  • Got Brexit done

    05 March 2020

    In the first week of February I attended the annual meeting of the European Notified Bodies Group for the ATEX Directive (ExNB). This was after the UK had officially left the EU but, of course, nothing has actually changed. UK Notified Bodies are still recognised in the EU; our EU-Type Examination Certificates remain fully valid and support manufacturers’ CE declarations and markings....

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  • A new start

    29 January 2020

    This is my first article for Hazardex since I left my role as the IECEx Chairman at the end of 2019. According to our rules, after two terms of three years, the chairmanship of the IECEx System must be handed over to a new person. In my case, I handed the position onto Paul Meanwell, a manufacturer’s representative from South Africa....

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  • Some thoughts on standard writing at the international level

    07 January 2020

    This year, our standards committee, IEC TC31 was not invited to meet along with the IEC General Meeting in Shanghai. Because we are one of the larger committees, always trying to find room for a number of parallel meetings for a fortnight, some hosts just find it too difficult....

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  • IECEx annual meeting 2019

    18 December 2019

    At the end of September, the annual IECEx management meeting took place in Dubai, UAE. For me personally, it is always a pleasure to be in this breathtaking city....

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A further pause for thought 25 October 2019

Two months ago, I wrote of the potential failure of an old reservoir dam at Whaley Bridge in Derbyshire, and how this caused a reflection on the need for rigorous inspection and maintenance in any safety critical industry....

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The peer-to-peer principle at IECEx 04 September 2019

One of the most fundamental rules of work for all conformity assessment systems run by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) is the “peer-to-peer” principle. In our case, it means that the members of our organisations are supervising each other in all important kinds of activities. ...

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Ageing assets – a pause for thought 05 August 2019

I am writing this at the start of August, just two days after the town of Whaley Bridge, between Buxton and Manchester, has been evacuated because of the sudden partial collapse of a 180-year old reservoir dam.  No trains are running on the line between Buxton and Manchester, and a relief bus service cannot be provided to intermediate stations, because the roads are closed....

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Attracting new stakeholders to IECEx 18 July 2019

One of my roles as chairman of the IECEx system is to participate in the work of the conformity assessment board (CAB) of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). The CAB, which consists of the delegates of 15 countries as well as the relevant IEC officers, governs all activities of the four existing IEC conformity assessment systems....

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Developments in the IECEx Service Facility Certification Scheme 01 July 2019

IECEx is best known for its worldwide Product Certification Scheme, with the benefits of providing a certificate which is viewable on the internet and directly acceptable in many countries, along with the transportability of its test reports, as a means of securing local certification, at minimum cost, where necessary....

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