Hazardous Area Inspections
Using Lithium Oil & Gas inspectors can save both time and money by ensuring the equipment is built to the Australian standards prior to energisation. Our inspectors are available to conduct initial detailed inspections throughout Australia or as part of the factory acceptance testing anywhere around the world including America, Canada, Europe and Asia.
Do I Have to Do Initial Detailed Inspections?
An initial detailed inspection is a mandatory inspection required for all electrical equipment installed for use in a hazardous area. Both the IECEx and Australian hazardous area standards require equipment is installed in accordance with its documentation. Once it has been installed and prior to first use an initial detailed inspection of the equipment and installation must be carried. The requirements for this initial detailed inspection are outlined in IEC 60079.14, IEC 60079.17, AS/NZS 60079.14 and AS/NZS 60079.17 respectively.
Initial Detailed Inspections Explained
The initial detailed inspection is a comprehensive inspection to ensure that the hazardous area equipment is installed correctly and its ability to prevent ignition of an explosive atmosphere has not been compromised. This involves a detailed examination of the equipment, its design and the relevant certification. Once the inspection is finished, an inspection and test record (ITR) is completed to be stored in the hazardous area verification dossier.
Why Use Lithium Oil & Gas Inspectors?
Lithium Oil & Gas has inspectors who hold the Australian AS/NZS 4761 and the IECEx CoPC competencies and can ensure your hazardous area equipment has been installed to the strict Australian or international standards. Initial detailed inspections carried out by Australian inspectors as part of the factory acceptance testing can be accepted in Australia without the need for another initial detailed inspection to be carried out on the same parts of the equipment at the time of installation.
Electrical installations in hazardous areas have features specially designed to prevent them from causing an ignition in a flammable gas or vapour atmosphere. For this reason, it is essential that throughout the life of these facilities the integrity of those hazardous area installations is preserved. This is achieved by applying one of the mandatory inspection regimes detailed in AS/NZS 60079.17
- Regular periodic inspections thereafter, or
- Continuous supervision by skilled personnel.