Benefits of IECEx certification

AFSEC-IECEx seminar for the mining sector in Africa

By Claire Marchand

AFSEC (African Electrotechnical Standardization Commission) and IECEx (IEC System for Certification to Standards relating to Equipment for Use in Explosive Atmospheres) are organizing an international seminar in Lumumbashi, Democratic Republic of the Congo, on 7-8 September 2014. The event is organized in collaboration with AFREC (African Energy Commission) and OCC (Office Congolais de Contrôle), and in partnership with the Katanga mining authorities and Moïse Katumbi Chapwe, the governor of the Katanga Province.

The seminar will take place in Lumumbashi, Katanga Province...
The seminar will take place in Lumumbashi, Katanga Province...

Who should attend?

he seminar will provide a unique opportunity to learn about IECEx and the benefits of using the System. It is for experts, senior staff and professionals from the mining and electrical sectors in African countries who are involved in the standardization, manufacturing, inspection, repair, exploitation, maintenance and overhaul of equipment, specifically in mines.

A pragmatic approach

Day one of the seminar will be devoted to the implementation of IEC International Standards and day two to a site inspection with practical exercises, report and explanation of findings

The seminar will focus on the three following International Standards:

  • IEC 60079-10-1, Explosive atmospheres - Part 10-1: Classification of areas – Explosive gas atmospheres
  • IEC 60079-10-2, Explosive atmospheres - Part 10-2: Classification of areas -Combustible dust atmospheres
  • IEC 60079-17, Explosive atmospheres - Part 17: Electrical installations inspection and maintenance

The technical presentations will deal with daily problems participants are facing when using equipment in explosive atmospheres, including issues of area classification and the inspection and maintenance of electrical installations.

Sharing and networking

The seminar will be conducted in English and in French by two IECEx experts, Paul Meanwell (English group) Michel Brénon (French group), who will share their experience and knowledge, answer questions and provide advice, information and background material.

Practical information

There will be two sessions, one in English and one in French, each of which will welcome 40 participants.

If you wish to participate, you can register on the AFSEC website

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The seminar will take place in Lumumbashi, Katanga Province... The seminar will take place in Lumumbashi, Katanga Province...
...in the southernmost part of the DRC ...in the southernmost part of the DRC
A mine in Katanga, DRC (Photo: Thierry Michel) A mine in Katanga, DRC (Photo: Thierry Michel)