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What is Electrical Equipment in Hazardous Areas (EEHA)?

Electrical Equipment in Hazardous Areas aka EEHA refers to electricals installed in locations that are susceptible to fire, explosion or other hazards. These locations or areas may contain gases, vapours or material which is vulnerable to combustion or is inflammable. All electrical equipment in hazardous areas needs to be made foolproof. Quality equipment, reliable installation and testing are needed to ensure the safety of the personnel and meet stringent norms to avoid disasters. This will also help create a safe working environment and mitigate risks for the establishments. All electrical equipment installed in such places is specially designed and tested to meet a wide range of requirements that altogether ensure the safety of personnel and avoid potentially dangerous future events resulting from the equipment’s reaction to its surroundings.

Conditions that involve the processes of production, transformation, delivery and stocking of flammable materials commonly produce potentially explosive environments, immaterial of the application be chemical and petrochemical plants, mining, oil and gas or food processing and grain handling, when these flammable elements come into contact with the oxygen in the air, they can create an explosive atmosphere and if this is ignited, the explosion can cause serious damage to people and the environment.

What are common Hazardous Locations?

Some of the most common locations with hazardous areas are:

1. Oil Refineries

2. Chemical Plants

3. LNG Plants

4. Paint Manufacturing Facilities

5. Sewage Treatment Plants

6. Distilling Plants

7. Offshore Drilling Rigs.

8. Any Facility with Combustible or Flammable Materials & Equipment

These locations may have facilities that emit hazardous gas vapours. The prevalence of dust is one of the most underestimated causes of an area being labelled as hazardous. Places such as food and beverage manufacturing facilities, plastics factories, flour mills, recycling plant operations and grain handling and storage facilities also need to ensure any potentially hazardous areas are classified correctly and well-trained personnel are deployed on-site.

Do you need to do training to work in Hazardous Areas?

EEHA Competency Training

A person who wishes to work in hazardous areas needs to be professionally trained and must possess essential knowledge to safeguard lives and property. An individual who is involved in the design, installation and maintenance, must be able to demonstrate competency to ensure utmost safety measures are ensured.

As standards, rules, regulations and electrical technologies advance, it is crucial for the students to continue to educate themselves to maintain their competency levels through continuous ongoing refresher training. After gaining competency and experience one can also professionally engage in the field of EEHA Inspection.

Ausinet offers EEHA Training with Nationally Recognised Courses. These courses provide competencies in the selection, supervision, installation, commissioning maintenance and testing of explosion-protected electrical equipment and systems for effective control and monitoring of plants and processes. These qualifications also provide competencies in using explosion protection techniques and their application to mining, gas and dust atmospheres.

Ausinet Offers Hazardous Areas Training from Hazardous Areas Awareness Training to Certificate IV in Hazardous Areas Electrical. Please feel free to get in touch with us and get advice on which course would be best suited for you.