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Our Locations: Doha – Qatar, Muscat – Oman, Dubai, Abu Dhabi – UAE, Riyadh, Dammam – Saudi Arabia

What is Ex Inspection?

BS EN (IEC) 60079-14 section 4.3 describes the requirement to complete a 100% initial detailed inspection of all equipment, both electrical and non-electrical, to be used in or associated with a hazardous area prior to final commissioning. we not only carry out the initial inspection; we can also compile a verification dossier containing the necessary documentation required by 60079-14. This dossier includes equipment manuals, certification, special conditions of use, installation testing results and safe system calculations.

Regardless of scale our comprehensive services will meet your requirements – whether it be the expansion of an existing site or plant, packages at a vendor location, or during the final construction of a completely new onshore or offshore facility – our attention to detail and quality of deliverables will always remain the same.

Why Ex Inspection?

Owners or guardians of any assets which are classed as being within a hazardous area are legally required to ensure that any electrical, instrumentation or mechanical installation is compliant with regulations such as DSEAR and ATEX. Once the items of equipment are installed, clients also need to have a maintenance programme in place to check that the items of equipment remain in an acceptable condition. Our experts in hazardous area services and providing Ex advice.

How can we assist?

  • Our “CompEx” / “IECEx” certified engineers are able provide initial free advice on the assets in question. This often naturally leads to a consultation in which our engineering team will conduct a review of the facility in question and give a general report on the condition of the assets.
  • We are able to provide Ex Verification services to check if products fall under the ATEX/DSEAR directives.
  • Our Process Safety team are able to develop technical reports to meet requirements of ATEX/DSEAR and global requirements.
  • Through our experiences within a variety of industries our Ex-Engineering team are able to provide bespoke training courses to aid with providing competency to client employees.
  • Ongoing Ex advice, hazardous area services and technical support – Through a service level agreement or contract can offer clients support for when any of their staff require assistance with hazardous area services or inspection issues.
  • A full turnkey solution for projects from Process Safety / Ex Design / Ex Installation / Ex Inspection and Rectification / Ex Maintenance advice and guidance; our team’s focus is to ensure clients remain hazardous area compliant in the simplest way possible.
  • We bolster our Hazardous Area Services with a full range of Process Safety services.


If you are a manager, director, landlord, owner or guardian, it’s your responsibility to ensure that the electrical installation is safe and well maintained. Our experienced field engineers are able to assist in ensuring you remain compliant in hazardous areas with our hazardous area services.

The journey begins with the installation and commission of any electrical system during the build or refurbishment stage of the facility. Electrical equipment naturally begins to deteriorate as time passes by, therefore they need to be regularly checked and maintained.

Our team of field engineers who are fully qualified in electrical inspection testing and IECEx / CompEx certified Engineers are able to assist by completing an Electrical Installation Condition Report to identify any defects and provide any recommended actions.

We can offer non-conformance rectification solutions to ensure any remedial actions are closed out, leaving your facility safe and compliant as opposed to receiving a report with remedial actions to resolve at a later date.

We also have the capabilities to carry out testing and inspection of electrical fixed wire installations from initial verification on new installations to periodic inspection and testing on existing systems.

Our engineers are highly trained and experienced and are able to provide a full hazardous area ATEX inspection, testing, installation, and maintenance service to clients nationwide throughout the Middle-East.

ATEX is the name commonly given to two European Directives (Laws) for controlling explosive atmospheres and it comes from ATmospheres EXplosibles, which is French for explosive atmosphere. An explosive atmosphere, or Hazardous Area as they are most commonly known, is defined as a place where a mixture of dangerous substances with air (gas, vapour, mist or dust) under atmospheric conditions, which when ignited could cause a fire or explosion.

The two Directives are:

1) Directive 94/9/EC (also known as ATEX 95) concerns equipment and protective systems intended for use in potentially explosive. This is for manufacturers of ATEX equipment to allow free trade across EU borders without the need for certification in each country.

2) Directive 99/92/EC (also known as ATEX 137 or the workers protection Directive) concerns the minimum requirements for improving the health and safety protection of workers potentially at risk from explosive atmospheres. This is the Law that all end users, employers and companies must comply with.

ATEX came into force in 2003 and it places responsibility on employers to eliminate or control the risks arising from potentially explosive atmospheres and to ensure they are safe places of work for employees. Employers must be able to demonstrate that the overall explosion protection safety measures have been considered and implemented and they must be able to provide evidence of this.

To verify compliance, an inspection is required under IEC 60079-17 (The inspections of electrical installations in hazardous area) and we specialise in these inspections.​

1) Prevent the formation of explosive atmospheres in the workplace or, avoid the ignition of explosive atmospheres and control the effects of an explosion.

2) Conduct a risk assessment covering the likelihood of explosive atmospheres occurring and their persistence, the likelihood of a source of ignition and the effect of ignition on plant, personnel and the environment.

3) Classify the areas where potentially explosive atmospheres may occur into zones and produce hazardous area classification drawings details the zones and their extent. There are 3 ATEX zones.

  • Zone 0 is a place where an explosive atmosphere is present continuously or for long periods
  • Zone 1 is a place where an explosive atmosphere is likely to occur in normal operation
  • Zone 2 is a place where an explosive atmosphere is not likely to occur but if it does it will exist only for a short period  

4) Once the zones have been identified, select ATEX compliant equipment suitably for the zone. 

5) Institute a safe system of working in hazardous area through a permit to work system 

6) Institute hazardous area awareness training for all personnel who work in the hazardous areas including contractors (this is a requirement often overlooked leading to companies actually breaking the Law without knowing it)

7) Providing anti-static clothing to workers

8) Mark hazardous areas with “Ex” warning signs at every entrance (also often overlooked)

9) Maintain an Explosion Protection Document (EPD) and an Ex register which is a detailed database of all installed ATEX equipment. The EPD should include risk assessment, area classification, the inspection strategy, inspection records, details of staff hazardous area training and the permit to work system.

ATEX 137 states that all necessary measures must be taken to ensure that the workplace, work equipment and any associated connecting devices made available to workers have been designed, constructed, assembled and installed, and are maintained and operated in such a way as to minimise the risk of an explosion.

We know explosions can cause loss of life and serious injury as well as significant and catastrophic damage to plant and the environment and preventing the release of flammable substances and preventing active sources of ignition are two ways of reducing the risk. The correct application of ATEX can greatly reduce this risk and provide for a safer workplace for employees.   

ATEX Inspections – Our Services in Middle-East

We specialise in providing ATEX inspections, installation, maintenance and consultancy services and are able to offer the following services

  • ATEX Inspections – Electrical and Instrumentation
  • ATEX Inspections – Mechanical
  • Verification and Compliance
  • ATEX Installation
  • Modifications and Repair Services
  • Gap Analysis
  • Explosion Certified Documentation (EPD)
  • Equipment Manuals

Our EX-Inspections team will assist your organisation demonstrate that all installed ATEX / IECEx electrical and mechanical equipment is certified, has the right protection concept for the potentially explosive atmosphere and is safe to use and fit for purpose.

ATEX Inspection Documentation

  • Certified ATEX Inspections Report (Visual, Close or Detailed Inspections)
  • Certified ATEX Installation Certificate (For Installations by C&P Engineering Services)
  • Ex Register
  • Summary Report – Recommendations, Corrective Actions and Advisory Notes
  • Signed Inspection Check-Sheets in line with BS EN or IEC 60079-17: 2014
  • Explosion Protection Certificates/Documents
  • Equipment Manuals

Hazardous Area Inspection Types

There are 2 types of Hazardous Area Inspections:

  1. Initial Hazardous Area Inspections
    Initial inspections are required to ensure that the selected type of protection is appropriate for the hazardous area installation and apply to new installations.
  2. Periodic Hazardous Area Inspections
    Periodic inspections should be carried out as part of an inspection regime or routine and apply to existing installations. The purpose of the periodic inspection is to monitor the effects of deterioration or change. The intervals between periodic inspections should not exceed three years.

Levels of Hazardous Area Inspections:

There are three grades of Hazardous Area Inspections:

  1. Visual Hazardous Area Inspections
    Visual hazardous area inspections identify without the use of access equipment or tools, those defects, such as missing bolts, which will be apparent to the eye.
  2. Close Hazardous Area Inspections
    Close hazardous area inspections encompass those aspects covered by a visual inspection, and in addition, identifies those defects, such as loose bolts, which will be apparent only by the use of access equipment, for example, steps (where necessary) and tools. Close inspections do not normally require the enclosure to be opened, or the equipment to be de-energized.
  3. Detailed Hazardous Area Inspections
    Detailed hazardous area inspections will encompass those aspects covered by a close inspection and, in addition, identify those defects, such as loose terminations, which will only be apparent by opening the enclosure and/or using where necessary, tools and test equipment. These inspections may require the enclosure to be opened, equipment to be de-energized and dismantling of cable glands where applicable, as per the BSEN60079-17/14 Electrical Installations Inspection & Maintenance Standards.


Our Locations: Doha – Qatar, Muscat – Oman, Dubai, Abu Dhabi – UAE, Riyadh, Dammam – Saudi Arabia

For more support and if you’d like to discuss your ATEX and IECEx requirements in more details, contact us today. Our Experts are ready to guide you through our capabilities and highlight if there may be any barriers to certifying your ATEX / IECEx product.