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EEMUA CompEx Launches Ex 12 certification for hazardous area engineers

13 July 2012

The Engineering Equipment and Materials Users' Association (EEMUA) CompEx has extended its competency scheme for personnel involved in hazardous areas working to IECEx standards to encompass professional engineers responsible for design and management of hazardous areas.

Up to now, CompEx has focused primarily on installers and maintainers. The new CompEx
Unit (Ex12) Explosive Atmospheres – Application Design Engineer for professional engineers
completes the safety linkage across the lifecycle of the hazardous area workplace from design through plant commissioning and operation.

Ex12 has been specially developed for professional engineers who design applications and systems for potentially explosive atmospheres, in line with the requirements of the international standard IEC 60079 Part 14. The Unit is also suitable for the professional engineers responsible for managing these hazardous workplaces through their commissioning and operating life.

The first group of candidates to be awarded competency certificates under the new EEMUA
CompEx Unit Ex12 included personnel from EEMUA member companies AstraZeneca, BG Group, BP, E.ON, National Grid Grain LNG, SABIC and Shell. The successful candidates took part in the first two Ex12 assessments held in Q4 2011 and Q1 2012 at licensed CompEx competency validation centre Intertek.

The association says the addition of the Ex12 Unit means the EEMUA CompEx scheme now allows IECEx certification for an unrivalled range of personnel and situations. It has specially tailored modules for specific sectors including fuel filling stations; the water and wastewater industries; flour mills, coal and other dusty environments, as well as the offshore and onshore oil and gas industries, and the chemical and pharmaceutical industries.

Intertek in Chester, Cheshire is currently the only CompEx competency validation centre
licensed to operate the Ex12 Unit with the next courses to prepare candidates for Ex12
assessment having start dates of 18 June, 20 August and 22 October 2012. Additional centres are expected to offer Ex12 later in 2012 or 2013.

EEMUA is an international non-profit membership organisation that aims to improve the safety, environmental and operating performance of industrial facilities in the most cost-effective way, developing and promoting leadership in industrial asset management.

The organisation announced on July 5 that CompEx has passed a new milestone in recent
weeks with more than 32,000 CompEx Certificates of Core Competency now issued since the scheme’s inception, delivered via a growing number of licensed Competency Validation centres around the world: from Africa and the Middle-East, to America, Asia, Australasia and Europe.

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