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Issue 02/2018

Ex-perience and Ex-pertise

Gerhard Schwarz: Close to 50 years in Ex standardization and conformity assessment

Faced with a “What-will-you-be-when-you-grow-up” question, a kid will choose rather conventional careers such as policeman/woman, astronaut, teacher, football player, actor, or singer; models and TV stars are more recent additions to the list. It’s pretty certain that no kid has ever said “I want to be an expert in explosive atmospheres!”

2011
Issue 10/2011

Men of Ex-perience

Improving safety of hazardous areas through certified personnel competence

Testing and certification of Ex (explosive) equipment and its servicing is essential, as is the assessment and certification of competence of those individuals that install, repair and handle equipment in hazardous areas. Safety depends on it.

Issue 10/2011

Safety in Ex environments

Practical approach to IECEx certification for industrializing countries

Incidents such as the explosion that caused the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 clearly demonstrate the need for the strictest safety measures not only for equipment operated in hazardous environments, but also for the people who man these installations and often work in harsh and extreme conditions.

IECEx, the IEC System for Certification to Standards Relating to Equipment for Use in Explosive Atmospheres, was invited to address these issues, focusing primarily on personnel competence, at the IEC industrializing country workshop which took place during the General Meeting in Melbourne. IECEx is the only international system that covers the testing and certification of equipment, repair and overhaul facilities and personnel competence.