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BS EN60079-17 Best practice, process of review, outcomes & implementation

Author : Paul Walker – SSE Hornsea Gas Storage Lead C&I Engineer

28 November 2013

SSE Hornsea are currently managing Circa 10,000 separate items of fixed equipment for use in Hazardous areas and a circa 300 portable items across it’s two sites. Predominately, natural gas with 80% zone 2, 15% zone 1 and 5% zone 0 areas.

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As a site we have always believed ourselves to be managing our DSEAR and ATEX responsibilities well, regular 60079-14 inspections, trainedstaff etc. As part of a recent internal review and improvement programme, DSEAR and ATEX compliance was targeted as an area of focus. This due to being a toptier COMAH site with nearly all our process plant equipment being in hazardous areas. 

It was perceived meeting minimum standards would not be enough in the event of an incident for a site like ours. Thus to strive for meeting best available techniques and practices, a review against all the relevant standards was undertaken, predominately BS EN60079-17 but others also. 

Following this review it was discovered there were many areas of improvement even for ourselves, who had always performed well in 3rd party audits. The greater challenges came in applying some of the requirements to an operational plant, with obstacles both in people as well as technology.

The paper is intended to cover this process of review and also the outcomes andimplementation there of. Focussing on the challenges of taking a standard andactually applying it in a workable fashion at a fully operational plant.

Some areas that required addressing were:

- Competency
- Working practices outside inspection interval
- Maintenance replacements
- Portable equipment

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