At an industrial site where an explosive atmosphere (ATEX) could occur, the operator is responsible for ensuring worker safety. This includes not only adapting the site’s design to reduce risks, but also installing ATEX equipment and removing potential ignition sources. Unfortunately, no matter how good the design is, inadequate installation or maintenance can alter ATEX equipment characteristics, and lack of knowledge on the part of the personnel involved can lead to hazardous conditions. To assure safety, it is essential for everyone to respect the specific rules relating to ATEX zones and that maintenance and installation conform to ATEX standards. To achieve this, every worker must undergo job-specific training. Our training courses are certified ISM-ATEX by Ineris and are aimed at those engaged in installation design, as well as maintenance staff, operators and supervisors.
The four-day level 2 training digs into the basic concepts of mechanics and electricity and goes into more detail on, for example, zoning, equipment selection, European legislation, maintenance, inspections, and cable selection.
The training covers similar content to level 1 but in more details. Additional issues are covered, such as:
- How should I zone an installation?
- When is an equipment certified by a notified body?
- Rules concerning conception of materials (the given rules follow the standard EN60079).
- More details about protection modes:
- intrinsic safety “i”,
- increased safety “e”,
- flameproof “d”,
- pressurisation “p”,
- liquid immersion “k”,
- constructional safety “c”, etc.
- Certification rules for assemblies.
- What can I do with equipment dating from before 2003 to make it conform to the current ATEX directive?
- How can I calculate the acceptable cable length for intrinsic safe equipment?
- How should I measure the creep distance for increased safety equipment?
- How should earthing be done?
- Particular requirements for rotating equipment including fans.
- Installation and maintenance of ATEX equipment: rehabilitation techniques, new parts, mechanical seals, belts, screws, bearings,etc.
- Inspection and control of installations.
- Practical case studies are discussed during training
- Questionnaire at the end of the session to obtain the ISM-ATEX certificate.
Level 2 training is formulated by Ineris and recognised by the EU.
All persons directly managing workers in ATEX zones, such as senior technical maintenance staff and asset managers responsible for transformers.
The course will be delivered in a live-online format, in accordance with INERIS guidelines for remote delivery during the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak. At the end of the session, all participants will be tested in accordance with INERIS standard in order to be awarded with ISM-ATEX Level 1 certificate. Participants will be receiving the course presentation, Laborelec Academy issued attendance diploma and INERIS issued ISM-ATEX certificate.
If interested in the course but the proposed dates do not suit your schedule and would like to be enrolled on a waiting list, or if you would like a dedicated session for your team (on-demand), please get in contact at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Price: €1560 + €60 (certificate from INERIS) (not including VAT)
28-31 July 2020 (English Delivery) – Online
*Please note that the mentioned dates are subject to change if the required number of participants is not met.
Héloïse Gennart has worked for more than 10 years in risk management, more specifically on the explosion risk. She is experienced in risk analysis, has prepared Explosion Protection Documents, and has carried out safety audits on existing installations. For several years, as part of ATEX studies, Héloïse has audited and adapted working procedures for lead-acid battery installations. Her expertise has extended to lithium-ion batteries and developing safety guidelines for energy storage systems.
Bring your own cases and get answers to your questions
You are most welcome to ask questions during the training and bring specific cases for discussion. Questions can be asked in English, French or Dutch.