EEMUA CompEx Launches Ex12 Certification

By Chemical Processing Staff

May 21, 2012

EEMUA CompEx has launched the new CompEx Unit (Ex12) Explosive Atmospheres–Application Design Engineer. Developed for professional engineers, Compex Unit Ex12 completes the safety linkage across the lifecycle of the hazardous area workplace from design through plant commissioning and operation.

Ex12 has been is made for engineers who design applications and systems for potentially explosive atmospheres, in line with the requirements of the international standard IEC 60079 Part 14. It is also suitable for the professional engineers responsible for managing these hazardous workplaces through their commissioning and operating life.

The first group of candidates to be awarded competency certificates under the new EEMUA CompEx Unit Ex12 included personnel from EEMUA Member Companies AstraZeneca, BG Group, BP, E.ON, National Grid Grain LNG, SABIC and Shell. The successful candidates took part in the first two Ex12 assessments held in Q4 2011 and Q1 2012 at licensed CompEx competency validation centre Intertek in the north-west of the UK.

The addition of the Ex12 Unit means the EEMUA CompEx scheme now allows IEC “Ex” certification for wide range of personnel and situations. They include electrical, mechanical and multi-skilled craftspeople; professional engineers responsible for the design and installation of applications and systems for hazardous “Ex” areas; managers who oversee the operation of these installations; and specially tailored modules for specific sectors.

Intertek in Chester, Cheshire, is currently the only CompEx competency validation center licensed to operate the Ex12 Unit. Start dates for the next courses to prepare candidates for Ex12 assessment are June 18, Aug. 20, and Oct. 22. Additional centers are expected to offer Ex12 later in 2012 or 2013. EEMUA is an international non-profit membership organization.

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