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Safety is one of the fundamentals of correct practise. In Instrumentation mostly
Safety - Different countries/Different standards or not ?
(Steve Mackey - 8/6/2007)
we discuss Intrinsic Safety and more recently aspects of Cyber Security have become important. In the past a process with risks in this area used pneumatic instrumentation or put everything into a large explosion proof box and hoped for the best. Now however the industry has become sophisticated with recognised standards in the area of safety.

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Mike Boudreaux, who is a Product Manager at Emerson Process Management might be useful to follow on Process Safety and Safety Instrumented Systems where he monitors explosions and similar catastrophies expecially in the US but also throughout the world.

Last changes to this page: 28/7/2009

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  • Hazardous Areas Classification - Europe
    Electrical Apparatus and Hazardous Areas
    by Robin Garside
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    This popular and indispensable reference book has been completely re-written and revised to take full account of new technical standards, Directives and the DSEAR Regulations.
    As well as full coverage of the technology for electrical equipment in gas and vapour hazards, the book now includes comprehensive information on protection for non-electrical equipment and types of protection for dust hazards and covers the new risk based equipment selection procedures which have been introduced as an alternative to the conventional selection process.

  • EPSC - European Process Safety Centre - an international industry-funded organisation which provides an independent technical focus for process safety in Europe.

  • Hazardous Areas Classification - North America
      Both above are on The Engineering Toolbox, a useful site to know it lists easy tables on risk, reliability and safety in Process Control Systems.

  • ATmosphere EXplosible (ATEX) - The "ATEX" Directive 94/9/EC is a so-called "New Approach" Directive which provides the technical requirements to be applied to equipment intended for use in potentially explosive atmospheres.

  • A list of Product Safety Standards, a sampling of product safety standards in the United States and Europe.

  • ISA Standard Committees Committees starting with SP12.0 to SP12.6 deal with various options of IS.

  • CENELEC's mission is to prepare voluntary electrotechnical standards that help develop the Single European Market/European Economic Area for electrical and electronic goods and services removing barriers to trade, creating new markets and cutting compliance costs. If you are looking for a challenge then navigating this site is just what you are looking for and if you find it please tell us!!!

    HazardEx is the brand name for a suite of products dedicated to the provision of up-to-date information specifically relevant to those companies and individuals working within hazardous area environments.

  • Hazardous areas - Training the 'competent person' an essay from Australia.
  • Process safety management systems - This document describes key elements of a process safety management system, in a format based on the British HSE publication, HSG65, Successful Health and Safety Management.

  • Risk & Safety Blog:The objective of this blog is to provide readers with risk analysis insights in various industrial sectors - consumer products, health sciences, financial, medical devices, chemical processing, energy.

  • Principles of Process Safety Leadership (PSLG) - eight guidelines agreed by the Process Safety Leadership Group (PSLG) in July 2009.

  • Safety Users' Group an independent professional community dedicated to Functional Safety (FS) and Safety Instrumented Systems (SIS) for the process industries and others.

  • A Regulatory Compliance Resource Safety Link, "the web's most comprehensive collection of electrical product safety and standards resources."

  • Industrialsafetytalk is the website and email newsletter for health and safety engineers and professionals. It shows the latest news from suppliers and allied industries.

  • AN-Ex. Thoughts on what's happening in the Ex field.
    This blog has been created to give a view of what's happening in the field of hazardous area instrument and electrical systems. Though started by MTL personnel it seems relatively unbiased.
    RF Safety
    Another area where anxiety is sometimes expressed is that of Radio Frequency. Pages on RF safety issues are provided by The US Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA). British standards for RF and radiation safety are available on th British Standards On-Line
    'EMF Worker' is a usful EMF safety training package from Radhazonline.
    While Intrinsic Safety is an area which most directly effects I&C and Automation engineers it is also important that they bear in mind the important Health and Safety regulations which exist to ensure safe working conditions.
  • European Agency for Safety at Work has quite a few useful links.
  • Health & Safety Executive Britain's Health and Safety Commission (HSC) and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) are responsible for the regulation of almost all the risks to health and safety arising from work activity in Britain.
  • Occupational Safety & Health Administration an arm of the US Government, the mission of which is "to assure the safety and health of America's workers by setting and enforcing standards; providing training, outreach, and education; establishing partnerships; and encouraging continual improvement in workplace safety and health."
  • The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations (COSHH)
  • The Health and Safety Authority (HSA) is the national body in Ireland with responsibility for securing health and safety at work.
  • The National Safety Authority (NSA) promotes Road Safety and Fire Safety in Ireland.
  • Explosion

    HazardEx - the magazines

    Index of companies on the AppleGate Site

    The Fluke Electrical Measurement Safety programme provides options to download a number of informative, safety-related documents.

    Hexagon Technology is a leading independent engineering consultancy specialising in hazardous areas. (This site has useful links.)

    Abhisam Software "Abhisam's new e-learning product is pretty well designed. They have covered extensively everything in Hazardous Area Instrumentation. In particular, they have explained the subject of Intrinsic Safety in very easy to understand terms which includes the latest FISCO ( Fieldbus Intrinsically Safe Concept). "
    Anuj Nijhawan, MTL Instruments.

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