Safe working in areas with explosive atmospheres (ATEX

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SAFETY PROCEDURE

SAFE WORKING IN AREAS WITH EXPLOSIVE ATMOSPHERES
(ATEX)


Contents

1. OBJECTIVE 2 
2. SCOPE 2 
3. DEFINITIONS 2 
4. REQUIREMENTS 2 
4.1 General responsibilities 2 
4.2 Formal assessment of explosion risks (step 1 in the process flow, Appendix A) 2 
4.3 Measures (step 2 in the process flow, Appendix A) 3 
5. VERIFICATION 3 
6. IMPLEMENTATION SCHEDULE 3 
7. REFERENCES 3 
APPENDIX A   FLOW DIAGRAM RISK ASSESSMENT EXPLOSIVE ATMOSPHERES 4 
APPENDIX B   FLOW DIAGRAM EXPLOSION PROTECTION DOCUMENT 5 
















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1. OBJECTIVE
The aim of this procedure is to mitigate the risks created by the presence of potentially explosive atmospheres.

Mandatory is to:
 Comply with local legislation.
 Have a formal risk assessment.
 Implement all the necessary countermeasures to mitigate the risks.

2. SCOPE
This procedure applies to each Operating Company (OpCo), which is fully financially consolidated as published
in the latest Annual Report of Heineken N.V. consisting of:
 Heineken Production Units;
 Heineken Production Sites including on-site logistics operations, both own or third party operated;
 Heineken-owned off-site Logistics Operations (like warehouses, offices and laboratories).

The OpCo has to be compliant with this procedure. In case some of the requirements of this procedure are covered
by local legislation; the stricter requirements need to be enforced.

3. DEFINITIONS
The following definitions apply:
Ex zone Classified area in which an explosive atmosphere is or may be expected to be
present, in quantities such as to require special precautions for the construction,
installation and use of equipment.
Ex equipment Equipment which is qualified for a certain Ex zone.
EPD Explosion Protection Document
Explosive
atmosphere
Mixture with air, under atmospheric conditions, of flammable substances in the form
of gas, vapour, dust, fibres, or flyings which, after ignition, permits self-sustaining
propagation.
Flammable
substance
Material which is flammable of itself, or is capable of producing a flammable gas,
vapour or mist.
Process owner Person nominated by the site manager to implement this procedure.
Site For example a brewery, soft drink plant, warehouse or malting site.

4. REQUIREMENTS
4.1 GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES
The responsibilities are shown in RACI as defined in Appendix A “flow diagram risk assessment explosive
atmospheres”. For each step in the process flow a description is given below.
4.2 FORMAL ASSESSMENT OF EXPLOSION RISKS (STEP 1 IN THE PROCESS FLOW, APPENDIX A)
A formal assessment of explosion risks (i.e. an EPD) is intended to provide an overview of the results of the risk
assessment and the consequential technical and organisational protective measures for a site and its working
environment.

The EPD shall be prepared as shown as in appendix B, and contain at least the following items:
1. Description of the substances used/safety parameters.
2. Assessment of risks of explosive atmospheres and classification of the areas.
3. Analysis of ignition sources and assessment of the risks.
4. Technical and organisational measures to reduce explosion risks.
5. Coordination and implementation of measures.

The EPD shall be up-to-date, in other words, it shall be updated every five years or when a change is made
changing the Ex zone or an ignition source within an Ex zone.

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4.3 MEASURES (STEP 2 IN THE PROCESS FLOW, APPENDIX A)
In the formal risk assessment explosion protection measures shall be included based on the hierarchy of control.
These measures shall be written down in an action plan and executed.

The action plan contains the following items:
1. Technical explosion protection measures, schedule and responsible person(s), i.e.:
a. Prevent the formation of hazardous explosive atmospheres;
b. Avoid the ignition of hazardous explosive atmospheres;
c. Mitigate the effects of explosions so as to ensure the health and safety of workers.
2. Organizational explosion protection measures, schedule and responsible person(s), i.e.:
a. Operating instructions (within procedures);
b. Training requirements;
c. Rules for mobile equipment in hazardous places;
d. Suitable protective clothing;
e. Safe work permits;
f. Maintenance and inspection;
g. Marking of hazardous places (signs);
h. Coordination duties.

The measures shall lead to a work environment with acceptable risks. Before the measures are implemented, the
action plan must be agreed upon. This is to make sure the measures are effective.

5. VERIFICATION
The following items have to be present in case of internal verification (e.g. a GSC Audit) or an external verification
(insurer or insurance broker):
 A formal up-to-date risk assessment with Ex zoning and ignition sources shall be available;
 Training records shall be available of own personnel and contractor personnel;
 Ex zones shall be marked clearly with appropriate signs;
 Within Ex zones all equipment shall be suitable for that zone;
 Personnel working in Ex zones shall wear suitable protective clothing.

6. IMPLEMENTATION SCHEDULE
This procedure is fully applicable from J anuary 1
st
2014.
7. REFERENCES
 Handbook_40.04.807 “Explosive Atmospheres”
 Heineken procedures, i.e.:
o Safety competences and training procedure (HMESC 01.40.01.304);
o Safe work permit procedure (HMESC 01.40.01.313);
o LOTO procedure (HMESC 01.40.01.702);
 Heineken standards, i.e.:
o Secondary battery charging standard (HMESC 01.40.04.808);
o Malt, Cereals And Barley Intake, Storage & Treatment (HMESC 02.32.01.102);
o Malt and Cereal Handling (HMESC: 01.30.51.110)
 Directive 1999/92/EC – ATEX 137: Minimum requirements for improving the safety and health protection of
workers potentially at risk from explosive atmospheres. Revision J une 07 2000;
 Directive 94/9/EC – ATEX 95: Equipment and protective systems intended for use in potentially explosive
atmospheres; Revision Nov. 20 2003.
 EN-IEC 60079-10-1:2009: Explosive atmospheres - Part 10-1: Classification of areas - Explosive gas
atmospheres;
 EN-IEC 60079-10-2:2009: Explosive atmospheres - Part 10-2: Classification of areas - Combustible dust
atmospheres;

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APPENDIX A FLOW DIAGRAM RISK ASSESSMENT EXPLOSIVE ATMOSPHERES

Explosive atmospheres management process flow
S
t
e
p
 
1
S
t
e
p
 
2
RACI *
Is there a formal 
assessment of explosion 
risks?
Does the assessment 
meet the Heineken 
criteria?
Is the assessment 
up-to-date?
Are all measures agreed 
on?
Are all measures 
executed?
Yes
Yes
Yes
6.
Compliant with 
explosion safety 
procedure!
Yes
Start procedure
Explosion protection 
document
Action plan
Process flow EPD 
(Appendix B)
No
Update EPD No
Execute measures No
Reconsider 
measures
R: Process owner
A: Site manager
C: Safety engineer
R: Process owner
A: Site manager
C: Safety engineer
R: Process owner
A: Site manager
C: Safety engineer
R: Process owner
A: Site manager
C: Safety engineer
R: Process owner
A: Site manager
C: Safety engineer
* R(esponsible)
A(ccountable)
C(onsulting)
I(nforming)
Yes
Procedure
Handbook
R: Safety engineer
A: Site manager
Heiquest 
MOC


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APPENDIX B FLOW DIAGRAM EXPLOSION PROTECTION DOCUMENT


Action plan
Need to
prepareEPD
Area classification 
(Ex zones)
Possible to 
reduce Ex zone?
Yes
Ignition source 
analysis
No
Risk classification
Possible to 
reduce ignition 
risks?
Yes
EPD
Collect site 
Information
Area classification 
table
Ignition source table
Coordination and 
implementation
No
Update by MOC &
every 5 years
EPD completed
P&ID
Plot plans
MSDS substances
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