Using email and calendar applications, viewing, reading or editing documents are just a few of the tasks that can now be routinely performed on mobile devices. But people working in the Ex industry sector now have new tools specifically designed to help them in their work: three mobile applications that give them instant access to all valid IECEx certificates.
Accessing all IECEx certificates
IECEx, the IEC System for Certification to Standards relating to Equipment for Use in Explosive Atmospheres, innovated three years ago with the launch of the first mobile application to show international certificates for equipment used in explosive atmospheres. The System now provides an update to the original app and extends the offer with two additional apps, respectively for service facilities and personnel certificates.
White the new set of applications, anyone working in the Ex sector has access to the complete database of valid IECEx Certificates not only for installed pieces of equipment, but also for pieces of equipment that have undergone repair and overhaul or for persons that carry a Certificate of Personnel Competence.
Not just oil and gas
A huge number of people throughout the world may potentially benefit from these new apps because the Ex sector is much more than just oil and gas. Think chemical processing plants, coal mining, printing industries, paper and textiles, gas station, aviation refuelling and hangars, grain handling and storage, woodworking areas, sugar refineries, metal surface grinding, especially aluminium dusts and particles, surface coating industries, waste treatment, sewerage plants. The list is by no means exhaustive.
Each of the three applications is a powerful tool that can be used in the field, onsite, sitting at a desk or in meetings. It provides users with the ability to search the system offline so that products really live up to Ex safety needs.
These free applications, for iOS and Android tablets and smart phones, can be found on the Apple App Store and on Google Play. They install a simplified version of the main IECEx online Certificate System covering the three IECEx Schemes:
- IECEx Certified Equipment Scheme (iOS / Android)
- IECEx Certified Service Facilities Scheme (iOS / Android)
- IECEx Scheme for Certification of Personnel Competence (iOS / Android)
End-users can synchronize the apps with the IECEx online Certificate System, as required.
The offline mode provides advanced search capability and CoC (Certificates of Conformity) abstracts (simplified details), while the online version gives the full details of CoC.
With the simplified details, the user is able to determine that the equipment has been installed or repaired in compliance with the relevant International Standards or that a person working on an Ex site has the required level of competence and skills.
They can immediately verify the authenticity of a Certificate as the IECEx online Ex Certificate System holds the definitive original certificate. Search criteria include:
- keyword, applicant and apparatus (for Ex equipment),
- keyword, applicant, service and location (for Ex service facilities)
- keyword, issuer, applicant, location and competence (for Ex personnel)
These three apps should be on the mobile devices of anyone working in Ex areas. Get them today!
More information on IECEx: www.iecex.com