New edition of EEMUA electrical ‘Ex’ handbook

30 March 2016

EEMUA 186  – A practitioner's handbook for potentially explosive atmospheres – offers guidance for safe installation, inspection and maintenance work in potentially explosive atmospheres, in such areas as petroleum and petrochemical plants, processing industries, power plants, fuel filling stations and more, when the failure to adopt safe working practices could result in the ignition of flammable gases or combustible dusts.

The new seventh edition has been updated to align with the latest versions of the relevant standards, in particular the fifth editions of IEC 60079-14 and 60079-17. The chapters on equipment, installation and inspection in particular have been revised extensively, including EEMUA’s recommendations on barrier gland selection.

EEMUA 186 is closely associated with the CompEx® training and competency assessment scheme which provides trainees with essential knowledge and practical skills for safe working in potentially explosive atmospheres.

The updates to EEMUA 186 will be discussed at the EEMUA seminar on hazardous areas being held on 28 April 2016. There will also be discussion on the background and results of the independent testing EEMUA commissioned on barrier glands.