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Evidence of Compliance within Potentially Explosive Atmospheres
ATEC look for evidence that:
A suitable and sufficient Hazardous Area Classification has been carried out by experience competent persons
All potential ignition sources, including sparks, hot surfaces, smoking materials, naked flames, unsuitable equipment etc. are excluded;
Only equipment and protective systems (including portable equipment) that meet the requirements for use in Potentially Explosive atmospheres are present
Before bringing plant into operation for the first time, a 100% Detailed Inspection has taken place by persons competent to determine that protection type, installation method & certification requirements are suitable and sufficient to make sure explosion risks are properly controlled
Within a 3 year period, Inspection (at grade suitable to duty/environmental conditions) of full installation has taken place by persons competent to determine if any deterioration or modification to equipment has taken place that would affect explosion protection technique(s)
Adequate records are kept to provide internal & external regulators proof of a compliant safe plant (Hazardous Area Dossier)
People who provide, maintain or verify electrical installations and equipment in, or associated with, the explosive atmospheres are competent to undertake the task
Where necessary, warning signs are posted at the entry points of places that have been classified as explosive atmospheres to warn those entering those areas that special precautions are required
Employees working in these areas are provided with appropriate clothing that does not create a risk of an electrostatic discharge capable of igniting the explosive atmosphere.