ATEX – working within explosive atmospheres
IMS is a NICEIC Approved Contractor for Electrical installations within Hazardous Areas. We can ensure that your site is compliant with current ATEX / DSEAR legislation.
Our CompEX qualified team focus on the design, installation, testing, inspection, and repair of ATEX rated installations and equipment.
What we do
- Design for the correct selection and installation of equipment for electrical systems as required by BSEN 60079-14
- Hazardous Area Electrical Installations in accordance with BSEN 60079-14
- Inspection and Maintenance of electrical installations in hazardous areas in accordance with BSEN 60079-17
- Area Classification of Explosive Dust or Gas Atmospheres to BSEN 60079-10-1 & BSEN 60079-10-2
- Production of Explosive Protection Documentation IAW requirements of ATEX 137
- Production of Verification Dossiers as required by BSEN 60079-14
- Gap Analysis – notifying you of areas in your paperwork and installation and procedures currently not complying with current DSEAR/ATEX legislation
Our qualified personnel hold between them the following:
CompEX 1-4 meeting the requirements of IEC 60079-14 & 17 for operatives (selection & erection, inspection, and maintenance) within explosive gas atmospheres.
CompEX 5 & 6 meeting the requirements of IEC 60079-14 & 17 for operatives (selection & erection, inspection, and maintenance) within explosive dust atmospheres.
CompEX 7 & 8 meeting the requirements for (preparation & Installation, Inspection, Test & Maintenance of electrical installations at fuel filling stations.
CompEX 11 meeting the requirements of IEC 60079-14 & 17 for operatives working with mechanical equipment within explosive gas or dust atmospheres.
CompEX 12 meeting the requirements of IEC 60079-14 for Designers (design & selection) within explosive gas and dust atmospheres.
CompEX 14 meeting the requirements of IEC 60079-14 & 17 for Responsible Person.
Additionally, IMS can assist in achieving a compliant Verification Dossier for your DSEAR Areas and ATEX Installations.
This dossier is a set of documents showing the compliance of electrical equipment and installations in hazardous areas. BSEN 60079-14 states that a verification dossier shall be prepared for every installation to correctly install or extend an existing installation.
The following information is additional to that required for non-hazardous areas and is required as part of the verification dossier where applicable:
- area classification documents (see IEC 60079-10-1 and IEC 60079-10-2) with plans showing the classification and extent of the hazardous areas including the zoning (and maximum permissible dust layer thickness if the hazard is due to dust);
- optional assessment of consequences of ignition;
- where applicable, gas, vapour, or dust classification in relation to the group or subgroup of the electrical equipment;
- temperature class or ignition temperature of the gas or vapour involved;
- where applicable, the material characteristics including electrical resistivity, the minimum ignition temperature of the dust cloud, minimum ignition temperature of the dust layer and minimum ignition energy of the dust cloud;
- external influences and ambient temperature.
- manufacturer’s instructions for selection, installation, and initial inspection;
- documents for electrical equipment with conditions of use, e.g. for equipment with certificate numbers which have the suffix “X”;
- descriptive system document for the intrinsically safe system
- details of any relevant calculation, e.g. for purging rates for instruments or analyser houses;
- manufacturer’s/qualified person’s declaration. Consideration should be given to obtaining information for maintenance and repair to meet the requirements of IEC 60079-17 and IEC 60079-19 respectively.
- necessary information to ensure correct installation of the equipment provided in a form which is suitable to the personnel responsible for this activity;
- documentation relating to the suitability of the equipment for the area and environment to which it will be exposed, e.g. temperature ratings, type of protection, IP rating, corrosion resistance;
- the plans showing types and details of wiring systems;
- records of selection criteria for cable entry systems for compliance with the requirements for the particular type of protection;
- drawings and schedules relating to circuit identification;
- records of the initial inspection.
- installer’s/qualified person’s declaration