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  • The importance of international organisations and digitalisation

    17 June 2020

    When I wrote my article for the April issue of Hazardex, it was the beginning of March. At the time, European governments were starting to announce countermeasures in the fight against coronavirus. Two weeks later, public life in almost all European countries and across the world had been locked down....

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  • Coronavirus, IECEx and Standards

    14 May 2020

    In this month's standards column, Ron Sinclair MBE discusses the impact that the coronavirus pandemic has had on IECEx and how committees are adapting to the current circumstances. Ron also sheds light on how IECEx quickly developed an Operational Document to cover the international disruption caused by coronavirus....

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  • Hazardex May: Editor’s comment

    14 May 2020

    At the time of writing, the UK is entering its fourth week of lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic with an extension to the lockdown period set to be announced. Countries all over the globe are under similar restrictions with many people now working remotely from home or under social distancing measures....

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  • Life after lockdown: A new business infrastructure

    13 May 2020

    It was inevitable that we’d end up working from home and having virtual meetings with global pressures on organisations to reduce their carbon footprints and address the employee work/life balance, but the shift towards remote working has been a gradual process until now....

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  • Hydrogen is the solution

    20 April 2020

    For the last few weeks, the coronavirus has been dominating both political agendas and media headlines. For me, the crisis is clearly showing both the global interdependencies and vulnerabilities of our societies....

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Hazardex April: Editor's comment 13 April 2020

The Hazardex 2020 Exhibition & Conference took place on February 26 & 27 at the Majestic Hotel in Harrogate, UK. The event was a great success for the industry, and I’m thrilled to say that plans are already well underway for Hazardex 2021 to be held at the same venue on February 24 & 25, 2021....

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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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