EEMUA CompEx®, the world's pre-eminent scheme for certifying competency of personnel for IEC 'Ex' hazardous area working, has passed a new milestone in recent weeks with more than thirty-two thousand (32,000) CompEx Certificates of Core Competency now issued since the scheme's inception.
This latest achievement underlines the position of CompEx as by far the world's most important international 'Ex' personnel certification scheme recognising core competency for safe working in potentially hazardous flammable or explosive atmospheres.
Since it was introduced in the 1990s, CompEx has grown strongly every year due to the unique characteristics of the scheme:
CompEx is operated by a Certification Body formally accredited by UKAS, one of the world's leading accreditation bodies
The CompEx scheme is based on established national and regional legislation and regulation such as the EU-ATEX Directives
CompEx is based on international IEC 'Ex' and ISO Standards
Furthermore, the 'user' organisations behind CompEx contribute to the maintenance and development of these Standards
CompEx is most effective because it combines formal learning and knowledge examination with practical assessment to determine overall core competency. The effectiveness of CompEx is also assured by being owned and overseen by user companies who have a vested interest in ensuring safety in the workplace
CompEx is able to offer excellent value because it is operated by not-for-profit bodies with a mission to ensure and to improve safety in the workplace
The 12 modules of competency validation that are defined within CompEx produce an
IEC 'Ex' scheme of unrivalled breadth and depth, allowing certification for a wide range
of personnel and situations:
- Electrical, mechanical and multi-skilled craftspeople
- Professional engineers responsible for the design and installation of applications and systems for hazardous 'Ex' areas
- Managers who oversee the operation of these installations
- Specially tailored modules for specific sectors: fuel filling stations; the water and wastewater industries; flour mills, coal and other dusty environments besides the oil and gas industry, offshore and onshore, chemical and pharmaceutical industries and many more
CompEx is now delivered via a growing number of licensed Competency Validation centres around the world: from Africa and the Middle-East, to America, Asia, Australasia and Europe Currently delivered in English and Dutch; other languages planned.
EEMUA CompEx® – the world's leading competency scheme for personnel involved in hazardous area working to IEC 'Ex' standards – has taken a significant step forward in 2012 with the extension of the scheme to encompass professional engineers responsible for design and management of hazardous areas.
Up to now, CompEx has focused primarily on the installers and maintainers. The new CompEx Unit (Ex12) Explosive Atmospheres – Application Design Engineer for professional engineers completes the safety linkage across the lifecycle of the hazardous area workplace from design through plant commissioning and operation (figure below).
The new CompEx Unit Ex12 has been specially developed for professional engineers who design applications and systems for potentially explosive atmospheres, in line with the requirements of the international standard IEC 60079 Part 14. The Unit is also suitable for the professional engineers responsible for managing these hazardous workplaces through their commissioning and operating life.
The first group of candidates to be awarded competency certificates under the new EEMUA CompEx Unit Ex12 included personnel from EEMUA Member Companies AstraZeneca, BG Group, BP, E.ON, National Grid Grain LNG, SABIC and Shell. The successful candidates took part in the first two Ex12 assessments held in Q4 2011 and Q1 2012 at licensed CompEx competency validation centre Intertek in the north-west of the UK.