European legislation in the form of ATEX regulations requires that each item of electrical equipment installed in a hazardous area is regularly inspected and maintained to ensure that the equipment is safe to operate, and continues to be safe to operate. Accurate records should be maintained to demonstrate compliance to these regulations. In the UK, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) are responsible for ensuring that plant operators comply with these regulations.
CompEx is Competency Validation and Certification for electrotechnical and mechanical craftsperson’s working in potentially hazardous or explosive atmospheres.
Stopford have the competency to design and inspect installations according to CompEx units Ex01 (Installation of Ex d, Ex e and Ex n equipment), Ex02 (Inspection of Ex d, Ex e and Ex n equipment), Ex03 (Installation of Ex ia and Ex ib equipment) and Ex04 (Inspection of Ex ia and Ex ib equipment) which comply with BS EN 60079-17 – Explosive Atmospheres: Electrical installations, inspection and maintenance.
Stopford is able to create an ATEX Register which ensures easy traceability of all hazardous area equipment installed on site and can be used for planned maintenance purposes, which satisfies the requirements for the above mentioned regulations.
For clients with existing installations Stopford offer a gap analysis of all the installed equipment and can suggest recommendations for corrective measures should any non conformity arise.
Finally, in accordance with BS EN 60079-17, Stopford offer a service for carrying out three grades of inspections namely: Visual, Close and Detailed to ensure equipment is installed correctly and fit for purpose for our clients. Should any non conformity arise from the inspection Stopford will propose corrective measures to the client and assist the client in resolving any issues.