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Explosion Protection Guidance

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About this course

Practical Content 60% Theoretical Content 40%

Target Audience

Personnel with electrical, instrument or mechanical background within industry who require an understanding in the selection of equipment for hazardous areas and an overview of the ATEX Directive.

Practical Content 60% Theoretical Content 40%

Course Aims

This competence based course, accredited by City & Guilds, is designed to give an understanding in hazardous area concepts for the use of electrical equipment. The course explains the protection methods from manufacture to installation, inspection and maintenance as per the requirements of the CENELEC/CEN and IEC standards for electrical and non-electrical equipment.

Course Content

Area classification

Ignition properties

Definitions and terms

EN/IEC standards for electrical and instrumentation

Ingress protection


Increased safety

'n' types of protection


Intrinsic safety systems

Hybrid protection

ATEX certification, documentation, labelling

Cable types, glanding, earthing

Inspections, maintenance for electrical and instrumentation

Additional international standards

References to NEC 500, NEC 505 zoning

Written assessment.




City & Guilds SCQF Credit Rated and Levelled Certificate.

Required Instructor Qualification/Experience

Industrial experience with electrical and instrumentation equipment in potentially hazardous areas and CompEx Trainer/Assessor Licence.

Min/Max Delegates

4/12, course duration and times may vary depending on delegate numbers.

Excellent course

Arthur Knipe
Bibby Ship Management (Western Europe) Ltd

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