Complying with Requirements for Hazardous Atmospheres

How can you protect your employees and your plant from the risk of explosion in hazardous areas?

When dangerous substances are released in the atmosphere, they can ignite or create explosions, causing damage to property, serious injury or loss of life. The Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations (DSEAR) in the UK, and similar regulations elsewhere, are aimed at minimising the risk of fire, explosions and related events caused by explosive substances. ATEX and IECEx product certification, as well as other regulations, can reduce the risk of such incidents. 

We can support an organisation’s compliance with the following certification schemes and regional requirements:

  • ATEX: a European legal framework that manufacturers must follow in order to sell equipment intended for use in areas with a potentially explosive atmosphere
  • IECEx: a system used to facilitate international trade in equipment and services for use in explosive atmospheres, while maintaining the required level of safety
  • North America: testing, assessment and certification for Class and Div, and Class and Zone applications for the US and Canadian Hazloc market 
  • Requirements for other regions, including China, Korea, Russia and Customs Union, Brazil and South Africa

In addition to product certification, we ensure that personnel are equipped with the knowledge and skills to design and operate equipment safely, minimising risk to projects and plants. We offer:

  • Training: to educate those working in the explosive atmospheres industry and ensure that their knowledge is accurate and up to date 
  • IECEx Certificate of Personnel Competence Scheme (CoPC): to verify the capabilities of personnel working in explosive atmospheres

About SGS’s Baseefa Certification Services

Research work into explosions in hazardous atmospheres has been carried out at our Buxton site since the 1920s. SGS Baseefa is now one of the largest organisations in the world with a laboratory dedicated to certification in this area and a world leader in the field. Beyond certification we also provide an accessible yet authoritative source of expertise in many related areas. With extensive experience and knowledge of the application of industry standards in many areas we actively participate in committees formulating standards both at European and international level.

Through our global network we can offer a truly worldwide service to you, wherever you may be, providing documentation to support your sales throughout the world and to give your customers confidence in the products you sell.

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