DSEAR/ATEX Compliance

DSEAR/ATEX ComplianceIPDS support and provide full life cycle management and technical guidance on the identification and reduction of hazards and potential ignition sources, develop risk based area classification drawings, make recommendations on equipment selection to minimise your maintenance life cycle management costs. We have experience in providing initial detailed plant inspection and assessment of established and/or new facilities to demonstrate technical compliance and recommendations for plant equipment inspection frequency based upon qualitative and quantitative assessment of plant performance data.

The development of explosion protection documentation that is structured to integrate with your existing process management systems. We can develop a supporting competency management scheme to identify roles and responsibilities, measure key competencies and establish a training and assessment scheme to monitor individual and group performance.

Our clients generally fall under the ATEX Directives legislation because they store explosive materials, they transport potentially explosive materials and staff work in areas where the above activities are carried out. Therefore, they must comply with the Directives for controlling explosive atmospheres.

IPDS has a great deal of expertise in the design and installation of instrument and electrical equipment and circuits in areas where flammable and explosive atmosphere could occur.  

We help and assist with ESHR compliance throughout the design and build process by advising on what needs to be done to comply with the law.

We perform the following activities to ensure compliance with the requirements:

  • Carry out a risk assessment of the dangers
  • Eliminate or reduce the risks
  • Maintain an Explosion Protection Document
  • Classify plant and site into hazardous and Non-hazardous zones
  • Advise on any further training of staff to the level of competency required
  • Provide adequate written Instructions, Permits to Work and Control of Work Procedures and enforce them
  • Ensure that an adequate maintenance strategy is in place or update existing
  • Inspect, identify and correct any defects in the explosion protection systems deployed.

Where necessary we arrange for site equipment surveys to be carried out, with management, production and implementation of the necessary systems, strategies and documentation put in place to support proof of initial and ongoing compliance with the directives.

Minimum Requirements necessitate implementation of the following, which forms IPDS approach through the design and build process:

  • Risk Assessment.
  • Provide coordinated compliance strategy.
  • Eliminate or reduce risk so far as is reasonably practicable.
  • Training.
  • Written instructions and Permit to Work procedures.
  • Warning signs.
  • Identification of containers / pipes containing hazardous material.
  • Classification of areas into zones.
  • Specification of approved equipment (94/9/EC).
  • Regular inspection philosophy.
  • Emergency response plans.
  • Hazardous Area Classification
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