AEMT - Association of Electrical and Mechanical Trades

Who can repair Ex equipment?

Who can repair Ex equipment?

The knowledge and skills required to service Ex equipment such as motors, pumps, fans, compressors, gearboxes and other mechanical equipment, rests on two different categories of person, as highlighted in the IEC 60079 19 standard: the “Responsible Person” and “Operatives”. 

An Ex Service Centre should have at least one “Responsible Person”, normally the manager or supervisor in charge of the workshop where servicing of Ex or Hazardous Area Equipment is carried out. 

It is important that the “Responsible Persons” have been trained to fully understand the protection concepts of the equipment, what can and cannot be repaired, and what repair procedures may be used, so that they can fully support the workshop staff and verify any work carried out. The Responsible Person should be able to ensure that the correct records are kept, and that quality control systems are in place for the Ex repairs. They should also be able to ensure that the company has the right tools for the equipment being repaired and the relevant standards and certificates. 

“Operatives” are all the engineers and technicians that carry out the service and repair of hazardous area equipment. They should have attended the AEMT Module 1 and Module 2 courses so that they fully understand the protection concepts of the equipment they are repairing, and, as above, what can and cannot be repaired, and what repair procedures may be used.

For a company to be on The AEMT Ex-Register, they should have an ISO 9001 quality control system or equivalent.  The calibrated tools suitable for the work seen, and the required certificates and standards. A minimum of two trained and competent operatives, as well as a minimum of one responsible person to sign off and supervise Ex repair work completed by workshop technicians.

Both Responsible persons and Operatives must be able to provide sufficient evidence that they are up to date with the theory, skills and understanding of the Ex work they are involved with. Their staff should attend regular refreshers every three years on the repair and overhaul aspects of Ex equipment through the AEMT. This means that Ex Registered companies remain up to date on the practical aspects of repair and any changes in updated standards and ATEX.

Knowledge and Skills

Resp. Person

Operative

General understanding of relevant electrical and mechanical engineering at the craftsperson level or above

Yes

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Practical understanding of explosion-protection principles and techniques

Yes

-

Understanding and ability to read and assess engineering drawings.

Yes

-

Familiarity with measurement functions, including practical metrology skills, to measure known quantities.

Yes

-

Working knowledge and understanding of relevant standards in the explosion protection field.

Yes

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Basic knowledge of quality assurance, including the principles of traceability of measurement and instrument calibration.

Yes

-

Understanding of the general principles of types of protection and marking.

-

Yes

Understanding of those aspects of equipment design which affect the protection concept.

-

Yes

Understanding of examination and testing as related to relevant parts of most recent 60079-19 standard.

-

Yes

Ability to identify replacement parts and components authorized by the manufacturer.

-

Yes

Familiarity with the particular techniques to be employed in repairs referred to in this standard.

-

Yes


Competencies are applicable to each of the explosion-protection techniques for which a company or person is involved. For example: it is possible for a person to be competent in the field of repair and overhaul of Ex d motors only and not be fully competent in repair of Ex d switchgear or Ex e motors. In such cases, the repair facility management should define this in their documentation system.