Explosion safety as core competency: optimum risk management based on a professional explosion safety document
With regard to explosion risk, you may think of business environments with highly flammable substances such as gasoline vapor or gas, but there are many more substances that present an explosion hazard.
An explosive atmosphere is created by a mixture of oxygen and a flammable substance. In addition to gas and flammable vapors, it can also include wood dust, plastic particles, flour, milk powder or even metal particles.
Advice, prevention, response
Expert advice is essential for averting the risk of explosion. Our primary goal is to prevent flammable dust from spreading through the air. If that is not feasible in your business process, we will examine together with you which potential sources of ignition we can remove.
In addition to all preventive measures, we also take into account the consequences if an explosion does occur, including constructive measures to limit the consequences of an explosion.
Guaranteed state-of-the-art expert advice
The legally required protection of workers against the risk of explosion is laid down in the ATEX 153 directive, further elaborated in the Working Conditions Decree in the Netherlands. This directive requires a company to identify, assess, and describe all explosion risks in an explosion protection document (EVD). We are recognized experts in the field of explosion hazard, we conduct explosion risk analyses and we also prepare legally required documents.
If prevention is not possible, you must take measures against possible ignition
The Explosion Safety Document (EVD)
The EVD is mandatory if you are dealing with potentially explosive areas in or around your buildings and/or installations. This document describes how to prevent the formation of an explosive atmosphere (a flammable mixture of oxygen with gas, vapors or dust particles).
If prevention is not possible, you must take measures against possible ignition (sparks, fire, etc.) and against the harmful consequences if an explosion occurs in spite of everything. Each time you adjust your business processes or work environment, this may affect the explosion risks and it is important to update the EVD.
Audit implementation Explosion safety document
If you already have an explosion safety document, the organizational measures must also be in line with it. Because organizing explosion safety is often a complex and lengthy process, in practice the current status sometimes becomes unclear. EFPC provides insight into the current situation with an audit of the implementation of the explosion protection document.
Do you have an EVD and does it meet the standard?