Benefits of IECEx certification
First IECEx-AFSEC seminar for Ex sector in Africa
IECEx (IEC System for Certification to Standards relating to Equipment for Use in Explosive Atmospheres) and AFSEC (African Electrotechnical Standardization Commission) are planning an international seminar that will take place in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, on 28-30 November 2012. The event is organized in collaboration with several African organizations: AFREC (African Energy Commission of the African Union), UPDEA (Union of Producers, Transporters and Distributors of Electric Power in Africa), and CODINORM (the Côte d’Ivoire national standardization body) and in partnership with two Ivoirian electrical utilities: CIE (Compagnie Ivoirienne d’électricité) and CIPREL (Compagnie Ivoirienne de production d’électricité).
Safety in Ex environments is a must
Observation of safe practices in hazardous areas is non-negotiable. When equipment is not installed, maintained, inspected or repaired by competent persons and according to strict Ex standards, the results can be devastating. What may be acceptable in non-explosive atmospheres can, in a different environment, lead directly to explosions that not only destroy property but can cost human lives or cause severe injuries.
More than oil and gas
The Ex sector encompasses more than just the most obvious oil and gas or petrochemical industries. The risk of fire or explosion exists in a variety of sectors, such as transportation – including aerospace – furniture manufacturing, automotive manufacturing and repair, pharmaceuticals, food processing, grain handling and storage, sugar refineries and coal mining.
Who should attend?
The event is for experts, senior staff and professionals from the electrical, oil and gas industry sectors in African countries who are involved in the standardization, manufacture, inspection, repair, exploitation, maintenance and overhaul of equipment as well as system evaluation and certification of personnel competence.
The seminar will provide a unique opportunity to learn about IECEx and the benefits of using the System.
A practical approach
The seminar agenda focuses on capacity building for African experts in the Ex sector and will include technical presentations and practical exercises.
Participants will learn to apply five IEC International Standards (see list below) that relate to the certification of electrical equipment and services in explosive atmospheres, as well as how to draft an evaluation report.
The technical presentations will deal with the daily problems participants face when using equipment in explosive atmospheres. They include issues around area classification, equipment installation and systems, inspection, repair and overhaul as well as evaluation of personnel skills.
Practical exercises will take place at the CIE and CIPREL facilities and will include site audits.
The seminar will be conducted by two IECEx experts, Peter Thurnherr and Thierry Houeix, who will share their experience and knowledge, answer questions and provide advice, information and background material.
The seminar is a great opportunity for African professionals to make contacts, network and learn from IEC experience in the entire global Ex field.
About the speakers
Thierry Houeix is a Certification Officer at INERIS, the French National Institute for Industrial Environment and Risks, and an expert in IEC TC 31: Equipment for explosive atmospheres. Houeix, an IECEx Lead Assessor, is also one of the founding member experts behind the IECEx CoPC (Certification of Personnel Competence) Scheme.
Peter Thurnherr has many years’ experience in the design and production of electrical apparatus for gas and dust explosive atmospheres. He heads up the Swiss company thuba Ltd., which has been manufacturing explosion-proof electrical apparatus since 1955. He is Chairman of the Swiss TC 31 mirror committee and a member of several IEC TC 31 working groups and maintenance teams.
There will be two sessions, one in English and one in French, each of which will welcome 30 participants.
The sessions will be held at CIE and CIPREL sites.
For registration and more information on the event and venues, please go to: http://www.iec.ch/meetings/events/
IEC International Standards for explosive atmospheres
Find out more
- IECEx-AFSEC seminarInformation on the event and registration
- IECExIEC System for Certification to Standards relating to Equipment for Use in Explosive Atmospheres
- AFSECAfrican Electrotechnical Standardization Commission
- AFRECAfrican Energy Commission of the African Union
- UPDEAUnion of Producers, Transporters and Distributors of Electric Power in Africa
- CODINORM Côte d’Ivoire national standardization body
- CIECompagnie Ivoirienne d’électricité
- CIPRELCompagnie Ivoirienne de production d’électricité