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New consultancy service aimed at ATEX compliance

Elmac Engineering (a division of Knitmesh Ltd) is drawing on its long track record in flame arrestor technology to offer a consultancy service designed to help companies ensure their related equipment is ATEX compliant before the July 2006 Safety of Working Operations Directive (1999/92/EC) mandatory deadline.

“ Any safety or control devices installed outside the hazardous areas but having an explosion protection function are included in the Directive and must be accredited by a European notified body. For example, flame arrestors are tested and accredited to EN 12874:2001.” explained Elmac Sales Director, Paul Robinson. “Although it is not necessary to replace equipment still safe for use in the operating environment, a risk assessment must be undertaken to prove this - and flame arrestors should certainly be included in this process. With heavy fines or even the possibility of imprisonment threatened for non-compliance, companies need to be 100% sure of their position.”

Any European based facility with hazardous areas – for example, offshore platforms, petrochemical, chemical and pharmaceutical plants or refineries - can take advantage of the new service which offers three different levels of consultancy. Firstly, Elmac provides, free of charge, a technical presentation outlining how the ATEX Directive applies to flame arrestors with a Q&A session to answer any particular concerns or queries.

The second level includes a detailed site survey covering flame arrestors which are compliant; which need replacing because they are no longer suitable or have come to the end of their useful life; and areas where additional devices are needed. All findings are presented in the form of a written review.

Finally, for proposed new installations and modifications or extensions to existing sites, a written, documentary review can be carried out based on P&IDs and plant layouts etc provided by the customer. Site surveys and documentary reviews are charged on an agreed hourly or daily basis.

“ Finally, it is worth stressing that the onus of compliance with the Safety of Working Operations Directive lies with the end user.” added Paul Robinson, “Therefore, anyone buying relevant new equipment should ensure that it meets the ATEX requirements.”

Reader enquiries:
Karl Holmberg, Elmac Engineering, Greenfield, Holywell, Flintshire, North Wales CH8 9DP, UK
Tel: +44 (0) 1352 712058
Fax: +44 (0) 1352 714909

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For further information contact:

Tel: 01883 627 500 Fax: 01883 626 900

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