Success for delegates at AEMT’s Ex equipment repair course in Loughborough.26 October 2017

Equipment repair course A delegate measures the flamepaths of an Ex motor on the AEMT Ex training course

The AEMT’s (Association of Electrical and Mechanical Trades) training course, Repair, Overhaul and Reclamation of Ex Equipment has had another successful group pass their assessments in Loughborough, with all delegates saying what they learned was invaluable for their working lives.

The course looks at how to handle and work upon flameproof (Ex d), non-sparking (Ex e), and other Ex-rated explosion proof equipment, such as motors, and pumps used in ATEX hazardous area zones.

The course is presented in two modules. The first reviews the theory behind Ex safety, protection concepts (such as Ex d, Ex e and Ex nA), and standards (such as IEC 60079-1 for flameproof equipment), ATEX directives, practices and procedures, risk assessments as well as health and safety measures. The second gets hands-on with equipment. Delegates experience the techniques, and learn the importance of maintaining the safety aspects, and integrity of the original equipment design.

The AEMT also offers a third module, a refresher course for engineers and technicians who are required, by standard, to sit a refresher course every three years.

Managers, supervisors and technicians who have attended a course and been successfully assessed are awarded a certificate by the AEMT, which is valid for three years before a refresher course has to be completed.

All modules are based on IEC and BS EN 60079-19 (Explosive Atmospheres: Equipment repair, overhaul, and reclamation); the widely-adopted standard for service centres working on Ex equipment. The standard is used within the industry as a benchmark for the repair of equipment from hazardous area zones, where an ignition point such as a spark can have catastrophic affects. Ex equipment is used by many industries, including; oil and gas refining, chemical production, utilities, pharmaceuticals, coal handling, flour, sugar and paper production, wood and metal processing.

The course can also act as a gateway for companies wanting to register on the AEMT Ex Register, a list of AEMT members that have met the stringent requirements to be considered to have the expertise and ability to repair Hazardous Area Ex Equipment. Criteria for registration include having at least two employees, and a responsible person within management that have successfully completed AEMT training, ISO 9001 certification, working to BS EN 60079-19 or IEC 60079-19 standard.

Mark Venables

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