Technical committee develops 16 new Ex standards

November 19th, 2014, Published in Articles: Vector



The South African Flameproof Association (SAFA) hosted its 2014 SAFA Symposium at Secunda, Mpumalanga, on 13 November 2014. In his presidential message delivered at the event, which was hosted at the Graceland Casino, SAFA president Paul Meanwell said a total of 16 Ex standards are currently being developed within IEC TC31. These include standards on pressurisation, gas detectors, encapsulation, optical radiation, electrostatics and improved safety.

He reported on the joint effort between the ISO, IEC and IECEx on ignition risk from mechanical sources which will lead to the publication of new standards in 2015.


“In South Africa, we still have many challenges in the form of our general Ex education levels, the need for our regulators to engage actively with the industry and the quality of auditing performed on end-users, repairers, manufacturers and test houses.”

The symposium was also addressed by speakers from Apex Process, Dario Campetti and Associates, Extech, Expolabs, Joy Global, MASC (Mining and Surface Certification), Proconics and the South African Colliery Engineers Association.

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