ATEX Explosion Consultancy - Chris Mee Group | CMSE

ATEX Explosion Consultancy

Client Requirement

CMSE Consultancy was contacted by a large manufacturing facility based in Co Kerry that uses a large amount of highly flammable solvents in their manufacturing processes. A recent Health & Safety Authority inspection at the facility highlighted the identification, management and control of explosive atmospheres as an area for review and improvement.

Our Approach & Deliverables

CMSE Consultancy met with the client team for initial on-site meeting and preliminary review of the flammable substances used in the manufacturing operations on site. The client was advised that the site required the preparation of an Explosion Protection Document (EPD), as required under the Safety, Health & Welfare (General Application) Regulations, 2007, Part 8 Explosive Atmospheres at Places of Work, and this work was subsequently commissioned.

As part of the scope of project CMSE Consultancy undertook the following tasks:

  1. Prepared a schedule of the explosion properties of the flammable substances used
  2. Reviewed the existing technical & organisational measures in place to control and manage their explosion hazards and highlighted deficiencies in a schedule of recommendations
  3. Completed a Hazardous Area Classification exercise, in accordance with BS EN 60079-10-1; 2015, for the storage, manufacturing and waste handling/storage areas. Specific industry guidelines were also considered
  4. Prepared Hazardous Area Classification drawings for the manufacturing facility
  5. Conducted electrical and mechanical ignition risk assessments in the potential Hazardous Area Classification zones
  6. Prepared the Explosion Protection Document to demonstrate how their explosion hazards are controlled and managed
  7. Issued a risk prioritised schedule of practical and cost effective recommendations to ensure regulatory compliance

Once documentation was issued to the client each of the specific elements of the Traffic Management Plan were reviewed and explained to the client. CMSE Consultancy continues to support this client on an ongoing basis to ensure timely regulatory and best practice compliance.

Client Benefits

The benefits of the support and advice provided by CMSE Consultancy were:

  • The client adopted and demonstrated a systematic and risk based approach to the management of vehicular and pedestrian activities on site
  • To ensure compliance with relevant regulatory and legal requirements
  • Management demonstrating a strong commitment to providing a safe place to work for all stakeholders
  • A reduction in the risk of an accident or incident that would lead to business interruption and commercial loss
  • Potential reduction in insurance premium through increased traffic management and control of risk

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