The 1999/92/EC Directive aims to improve the safety and health protection of workers potentially at risk from explosive atmospheres.
The directive describe minimum requirements and every EU member country (like Germany, France, e.g.) added some additional national requirements.
Technical rules (like in Germany: TRBS, TRGS) are the first step to comply with national laws. Standards (EN 60079-ff, e.g.) can be used after applying the national rules.
“Competent Person” are described in national technical rules (like TRBS 1203 in Germany).
This international system is based on trust. IECEx does not know any directive. Different regional and national approval procedures currently exist all over the world, including for example the ATEX directive in the European Union or national approvals in the USA (UL, FM).
A main component of the IECEx Scheme (IECEx Certification of Personnel Competencies) runs on similar lines. It focuses on the certification of the personal skills of professionals working in hazardous areas. This is designed as a guarantee for global operators that employees possess the necessary qualification and experience to perform with perfection highly complex tasks in hazardous areas.
CompEx is an internationally recognized course and qualification in explosive atmospheres. It provides competency-based assessment for personnel working in hazardous locations. Several training provider have licensed CompEx centres offering courses that are leading the way in competency validation. Combining both theory and practical skills, our courses are hands-on and interactive. CompEx validation and hazardous area training are most relevant and essential to people who are involved in the design, selection, installation, inspection and maintenance of equipment, and for those managing people in these disciplines.