What is a hazardous area inspection?

A hazardous inspection is an inspection that is carried out on an existing electrical installation in the zoned hazardous area(s). The purpose of this inspection is to prove that the equipment suitable installed in the zoned areas is suitable and that the installation methods are fully compliant to BS EN 60079-14.

They are two types of hazardous inspections: -

  1. Periodic inspection - A periodic inspection is carried out to monitor and record the effects of deterioration or change in the installation. These should be carried out at intervals not exceeding 3 years.

  2. Initial inspection - Initial inspections are to confirm the selected type of protection and its installation is correct. These inspections are normally a detailed type of inspection.
They are three grades of inspection. These are visual, close and detailed. Visual and close inspections are carried out with the equipment energised and with minimum disruption. Detailed inspections required the equipment to be fully isolated.

At SR Electrical Services Limited we have compiled our own certification templates for hazardous area detailed inspection reports, hazardous area visual inspection reports and hazardous area minor works certificates. These comply with any changes in legislation/guidance. Our certificates are always issued with the most up-to-date version as possible.

The test results are transferred to our electronic certificate on by our CompEx qualified test engineers to ensure that the test results have been captured efficiently and accurately. The certificate is then uploaded to the office for finalisation by our qualifying supervisor. 

Our engineers have ATEX certified cameras so that any images of defective equipment or installation in hazardous areas can be recorded.

Our engineers are also equipped with thermal imaging cameras to check control equipment to highlight any issues.

When we have completed a hazardous inspection – each piece of equipment is fitted with unique serialised tamper seal.

We are also able to offer a unique id tagging service to provide a more comprehensive inventory of any ATEX certified equipment.

Should any rectification work be required, we retain a wide array of ATEX certified equipment to avoid lengthy lead delivery times, i.e. ATEX glands, light fittings, junction boxes and control equipment.

All of our engineers are CompEx certified assuring our clients that we are professional and competent to carry out this work. This means that the client has inspections carried out to the standards and quality needed in this specialised area.

We realise that attention to detail is important and appreciate the need for 100% accuracy in this specialised field. We achieve this through constant training and onsite assessment which gives our clients the added security and confidence in us.

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