UKAS Accredited Ex Inspection
Is Explosion Safety Important on your Site?
ExVeritas holds UKAS accreditation against the requirements of ISO/IEC 17020:2012 as a Type A inspection body in the field of Ex Inspections, as identified in International, European and UK legislation. This accreditation ensures that Ex inspections undertaken by ExVeritas, as part of the Explosion Protection Document (EPD) requirements of ATEX “User” Directive (DSEAR in the UK), satisfies the stated competence requirements of the Directive.
We issue fully UKAS accredited internationally recognised certificates for hazardous area Ex Electrical Inspection, Ex Non-Electrical Inspection and Ex Repair Verification.
“Companies cannot afford to take chances with explosion safety, more than ever we are seeing enforcement and claims for non-compliant inspections with entire inspection teams being replaced on sites for not being competent. This is a perfect example of where companies should always be using a recognised accredited organisation for Inspection work as it would be extremely difficult to justify using an unaccredited body for such safety critical work’’
UKAS is the national accreditation body responsible for determining the technical competence and integrity of organisations and their compliance as an Inspection Body to ISO17020. UKAS assesses and accredits the competence of inspection bodies to operate in specified fields and perform various types of inspections. This ensures that the required standards are maintained.
ExVeritas has more internationally recognised accreditation in the field of ‘Explosive Atmosphere Safety’ than any other company worldwide, we are an ATEX Notified Body, IECEx Certification Body, CompEx Certification Provider and hold UKAS Accreditation to ISO/IEC 17025, ISO/IEC 17065, ISO/IEC 17021:2005 and ISO/IEC 17020:2012. UKAS ‘Type A’ accreditation provides evidence that the ‘Ex Inspection’ supplier has demonstrate their dedication to meeting the highest level of service, with the ability to deliver inspection & testing services, uninfluenced by commercial interests and/or operational influences. The standard that ExVeritas are UKAS accredited to for inspection are:
- BS EN 60079-14:2014 Explosive atmospheres. Electrical installations design, selection and erection
- BS EN 60079-17:2014 Explosive atmospheres. Electrical installations inspection and maintenance
- BS EN 60079-19:2011+A1:2015 Explosive atmospheres. Equipment repair, overhaul and reclamation
- IEC 60079-14:2013 Explosive atmospheres – Part 14: Electrical installations design, selection and erection
- IEC 60079-17:2013 Explosive atmospheres – Part 17: Electrical installations inspection and maintenance
- IEC 60079-19:2010+AMD1:2015 CSV Explosive atmospheres – Part 19: Equipment repair, overhaul and reclamation
We are accredited to conduct and issue UKAS Certificates for Initial, Periodic Inspections of types Detailed, Close and Visual. We are also accredited to verify repairs to BS EN 60079-19 and to issue certificates as a ‘Certification Body’ for ATEX/IECEx rigs, skids and mobile/modular plant. For International Customers the UKAS Certication is internationally recognised (ILAC).
Our inspectors are experts in both electrical and mechanical Ex inspection and our inspectors are certified to CompEx EX01-06, EX11, EX12 and EX14.
ExVeritas consultants are verified experts in the field of Ex Inspection & Installation as required by the ATEX/DSEAR Directive for EPD Sign off. We have extensive Professional and Public Liability Insurance specifically for Explosive Atmosphere Consultancy and inspection and have an extensive and impressive track record of successfully completed projects world-wide.
Free Issued Inspection Software
Ex inspections require a method to view and analyse the inspection data to prioritise remedial actions and ensure repeating faults are prevented with root cause analysis.
When we conduct Ex or ATEX inspections we will collect data using our unique in-house developed software. The final database will be ‘free issued’ to customers or can be provided for export to other databases or as hard copy (PDF) records. See more on iEx Explosion Safety Management Software.
Ex Remedial Services
We have our own team of highly experienced and CompEx trained (electrical, non-electrical and Ex design) inspection and remedial action engineers together with qualified Ex Inspection Managers & Supervisors. We can use our people, your people or local contractors (that we will train, supervise and ultimately sign off) for complete flexibility and competitive pricing. We have experience in carrying out inspections and taking the appropriate remedial actions with ATEX, IEC and NEC Installation Codes.
EX Inspection & Installation Experience
We can inspect and install to EN/IEC60079-14, so we can repair and replace defective equipment or modify skids/assemblies for compliance on site. Our Practitioners have significant Ex inspection experience in the following fields:
- Oil and Gas processing plant, FSPO’s & Refineries
- Power Stations (Coal and Gas)
- Engine Testing (Car and Aircraft)
- Paint Spraying & Printing industries
- Chemical Processing & Pharmaceutical
- Warehousing of Dangerous Substances
- Food Manufacturing & Distilleries
- Airports, Aviation & Military Bases
- Water Treatment and Sewerage
- Garage Forecourts & Hydrogen Refuelling