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A guide to working in hazardous or explosive areas

Are you operating in a potentially hazardous or explosive environment? You may think your workplace doesn’t require special attention, but a surprising number do, and many companies are unaware of this.

At Advanced Electrical, we like to keep in regular contact with our customers to ensure that we are meeting their needs to the best of our ability.

In recent times, we have become aware that many of the processes used by our customers produce potentially explosive or inflammable gas, dust and other particles. In many cases, these workplaces – which can range from chemical plants to saw mills to bakeries – require specially trained contractors.

AES is now qualified to work in such environments under its CompEx accreditation. It’s a landmark moment in the company’s history and development. But what does it mean for our customers?

In our special 3 part guide to CompEx, we explain what it is, and how AES’s certification might benefit your company.

What is CompEx?
CompEx is a recognised worldwide training and assessment scheme for ensuring that those working in hazardous or explosive environments, whether on land or offshore, are fully trained and protected.

It covers both employees of companies operating in these sectors and contractors – such as AES – who are charged with carrying out work at their premises.

The name CompEx refers to Competency working in Explosive environments.

Why is it important?
First – and most important – it protects staff and contractors working in hazardous environments. Second, it helps to protect a company’s assets, such as buildings and equipment. Finally, businesses operating in these fields can often benefit from lower insurance costs as a result.

Which industries require protection?
Some workplaces are clearly hazardous, such as:

• Oil rigs
• Petrochemical plants
• Chemical plants
• Gasworks

Others may be less obvious, such as petrol stations, distilleries or saw mills. In 2015, a wood treatment company in the Midlands suffered a devastating series of explosions in which four people died. It was reported that flammable materials kept on site included heating oil and kerosene, but also wood flour, which is used for laminate flooring and is highly combustible.


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