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ATEX / DSEAR

Complying with the directives
Brochure
2 ATEX / DSEAR | ABB Brochure
ATEX / DSEAR
How likely is your process to
form explosive or flammable
atmospheres?
Have you a risk assessment
that demonstrates how you
have reduced the risks to
people and minimised the
extent of flammable zones?


ABB Consulting provides technical and engineering services
to improve performance in the areas of compliance,
operations and engineering to customers in the chemical,
petrochemical, oil & gas, power, pharmaceuticals, metals
and consumer industries worldwide.
In order to comply with ATEX or DSEAR, an employer must:
− Risk assess activities involving dangerous substances,
being able to demonstrate a hierarchy of control
− Have effective technical and organisational measures to
eliminate or reduce the size of flammable atmospheres
− Undertake a documented area classification to identify and
manage flammable areas
− Select appropriately certified new equipment or
retrospectively assess equipment brought into first use
before July 2003
− Provide equipment and procedures to deal with accidents
and emergencies
− Provide information and training to employees, so those
persons can demonstrate adequate and suitable levels of
competency
Capabilities
Our team of professional consultants have proven
engineering expertise in all matters relating to:
− Risk assessment and hazard study leadership
− Retrospective risk assessment for both electrical and
mechanical equipment
− Area classification to a number of industry codes
− Installation and maintenance of hazardous area equipment
− Supporting safety management policies and procedures
Our experience
We cover the full life cycle of the equipment including:
− Design
− Operations
− Maintenance
− Safety management

Our combined experience, practical approach and pragmatic
methodologies equip us to offer effective and efficient
solutions to the problems of using equipment in compliance
with ATEX or DSEAR.
Our consultants are active on a number of related British and
International Standards committees. We can provide a cost
effective and technically robust service for all your ATEX or
DSEAR - related requirements.
ABB Brochure | ATEX / DSEAR 3
The full Route to ATEX / DSEAR compliance
ATEX / DSEAR compliance requires operators to consider hazardous area management as a ‘cradle to grave’ concept
consisting of the containment, as far as possible, of flammable materials so as to minimise the extents of zoned areas; the
appropriate classification of these areas; the selection of suitably specified equipment and good management so as to ensure
ongoing compliance. By using hazard studies and area classification we seek to justify reductions in the size of hazardous
zones, thereby reducing the reliance on the control of ignition sources as a basis of safety. Using containment, handling the
substance outside of its flammable range, or improving ventilation as a basis of safety are more reliable controls as well as, in
most cases, being more cost effective.
Non electrical equipment retrospective review process
The HAZMEC
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approach to assessing mechanical equipment uses an efficient method, based on the guidance in the BS
EN13463 ‘Non-electrical equipment for use in potentially explosive atmospheres’ suite of standards, to efficiently and effectively
identify potential ignition sources and then to recommend ignition source control measures. Numerous customers, in all
industry sectors, have used this approach to continue using existing equipment safely and with confidence.
Benefits
We will work with you to prepare and structure your compliance documentation within your timescales and budget.

Specifically, carrying out or facilitating:
− Hazard studies to prepare a suitable and sufficient risk assessment
− Area classification to determine the size and nature of flammable zones, using pragmatic guidance and suggesting measures
to minimise the zones for improved safety and reduced costs
− Provision of documentation to support installation, inspection and maintenance of categorised equipment
− System validation using knowledgeable and experienced personnel competent in the field of explosion protection
− Responses to enquiries and technical queries covering the full hazardous area management lifecycle
New
assets
Existing
assets
Inherent
risk
assessment
Area
classification
Equipment
compliance
Verification
Installation
Inspection
Maintenance
Modification
Substitute - Reduce - Mitigate Asset support Stewardship
Equipment
risk
assessment
Certification
validation of
equipment
Zone
compliance
Category of
equipment
Ignition
source
review
Failure and non
conformance
Inherent
source
identification
Mitigation
/ avoidance
Inspection
schedule
Requirement
for area
verification
Recognise the
issues
priority list
areas at risk
Source
introduced
by process or
design feature
Can these
be
applied?
and
effective
Development
requirements
identified
Reality
check
Protection
needs
Opportunities
and evaluation
of process,
practice,
systems
Schedule
tailored and
detailed for
area
Ignition source
risk assessment
document
Zone 0, 1 and 2 Zone 0 and 1
For further information please contact:
ABB Consulting
Daresbury Park
Daresbury
Warrington
Cheshire, WA4 4BT
United Kingdom
Phone: +44 (0)1925 741111
Fax: +44 (0)1925 741212
E-Mail: contact@gb.abb.com

www.abb.com/consulting
ABB Consulting provides technical and engineering services
to improve performance in the areas of compliance,
operations and engineering to customers in the chemical,
petrochemical, oil & gas, power, pharmaceuticals, metals
and consumer industries worldwide.
ATEX / DSEAR services:
− Area classification
− Hazard studies including Hazard and Operability Studies
(HAZOP) and Process Hazard Reviews (PHR)
− Fire and explosion risk assessments
− Operational risk assessments
− Training on area classification, fire and explosion
assessment, DSEAR compliance and awareness for
all levels in the organisation: technicians, supervisors,
managers and engineers
− Mechanical and electrical equipment retrospective ignition
source assessment
− A full range of project management capability
− ‘HAZAIR’, a software product developed by ABB
Consulting for the management of hazardous area
equipment
− A comprehensive set of ATEX / DSEAR compliant
hazardous area project documentation and management
procedures
Other ABB capabilities include:
− Inspection
− Integrity management
− Operations improvement
− Process safety
− Project services
− Site and asset closure
− Technical engineering
− Technical software
− Technical training and competency
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