Business events, conferences and events centres have been given the green light to reopen from October 1 as long as they adhere to social distancing measures, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced. Kickstarting the new year will be the Hazardex 2021 International Conference and Exhibition taking place on February 24 and 25 at the Majestic Hotel in the elegant Yorkshire spa town of Harrogate, UK.


The Call for Papers is now open for the Hazardex & PPTex 2021 International Conference, Exhibition and Awards event.

Share your knowledge and expertise with peers and stakeholders of the global high hazard industry on February 24 and 25 at the Majestic Hotel in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, UK.


Hazardex 2020 was a great success for the industry, facilitating essential knowledge sharing amongst global peers. It has been heralded as one of the best Hazardex events to date. Take a look at the 2020 event review video now and we look forward to seeing you next year at Hazardex 2021!


The Hazardex 2020 Exhibition, Conference and Awards – co-located with PPTex – took place on February 26 and 27 at the Majestic Hotel in Harrogate, the elegant North Yorkshire spa town in north-east England. The Hazardex team would like to thank all attendees for making this year’s event one of the best ever and we look forward to welcoming everyone back to Harrogate in 2021.


The Hazardex & PPTex 2020 Awards for Excellence took place during a well-attended Gala Dinner on February 26 following a fantastic first day of the Hazardex 2020 Conference & Exhibition.


The Hazardex 2020 Exhibition & Conference took place on February 26 & 27 at the Majestic Hotel in Harrogate, UK. The event was a great success for the industry, and I’m thrilled to say that plans are already well underway for Hazardex 2021 to be held at the same venue on February 24 & 25, 2021.


The Hazardex 2021 International Conference and Exhibition – co-located with PPTex – will be taking place on February 24 and 25 at the Majestic Hotel in the elegant Yorkshire spa town of Harrogate, UK.


At the Hazardex 2020 Awards for Excellence on February 26, the Delegates' Award went to… Librestream for the Cube-Ex certified thermal imaging wearable camera.


At the Hazardex 2020 Awards for Excellence on February 26, the award for Contribution to Safety went to… Dron & Dickson for its fully integrated hazardous area products and services.


At the Hazardex 2020 Awards for Excellence on February 26, the award for Best Customer Service (Sponsored by CSA Group) went to… Raytec for excellence in customer care.


At the Hazardex 2020 Awards for Excellence on February 26, the award for Best User Application (Sponsored by CSA Group) went to… Institute of Measurement & Control for the Ex Special Interest Group.


At the Hazardex 2020 Awards for Excellence on February 26, the award for PPTex Innovation (Sponsored by CSA Group) went to… Pepperl+Fuchs ecom for its ATEX certified mobile computing and communication devices.


At the Hazardex 2020 Awards for Excellence on February 26, the award for Technical Innovation (Sponsored by CSA Group) went to… HAWKE INTERNATIONAL for its cable gland conversion kit & tightening guide.


A total of 25 nominations were shortlisted across five categories for the Hazardex 2020 Awards, designed to recognise excellence in the hazardous area sector. The winners were announced at the Hazardex 2020 Gala Awards dinner on February 26, 2020. Categories were Contribution to Safety, Technical Innovation, PPTex Innovation, Best User Application, Best Customer Service, plus the Delegates' Award which was voted for on the day by event attendees.


The Hazardex 2020 Conference & Exhibition, co-located with PPTex, took place on February 26 and 27 at the Majestic Hotel in Harrogate, north-eastern England, the elegant North Yorkshire spa town. For information about the 2021 event, please email events@imlgroup.co.uk or call +44 (0) 1732 359990.


The HSE has released its report into the June 2011 explosion at Chevron’s Pembrokeshire refinery which killed four people. The report gives an overview of the incident and details the underlying causes behind the incident, as well as offering safety management lessons for industry.


Trant Engineering Ltd’s ACT division are design and build experts in the field of EXd enclosures. Working as an approved manufacturer under licence from Technor Italsmea in Italy, we have built up a network of clients in the UK and overseas.


ZOA Robotics’ mission is to provide a serviced robotic solution for regular inspection of industrial sites. Our robots are designed to create large, data dense maps of entire sites, providing an incredibly detailed picture of plant assets.


A total of 20 nominations have been shortlisted across five categories for the Hazardex 2020 Awards, designed to recognise excellence in the hazardous area sector. The Winners will be announced at the Hazardex 2020 Conference and Exhibition Gala Awards dinner on February 26, 2020. VOTING DEADLINE: 06/02/20


A total of 20 nominations have been shortlisted across five categories for the Hazardex 2020 Awards, designed to recognise excellence in the hazardous area sector. The Winners will be announced at the Hazardex 2020 Conference and Exhibition Gala Awards dinner on February 26, 2020.


5. Contribution to Safety – A product, system or service which has made a significant contribution to safety in hazardous area environments. 


4. Best Customer Service – A company or corporate division that has provided excellent customer service in the sector over the last two years.


3. Best User Application – An application story highlighting the benefits of a product, system or service for use in hazardous areas.


2. PPTex Innovation – The best innovation in Personnel Protection Technologies (PPT) equipment incorporating electronic and technological systems that the user can wear, hold or use to improve safety within the process and high hazard industries.


1. Technical Innovation – An innovative product or system for use in hazardous area environments.


Roxby Training Solutions and sister company F.E.S. (EX) will be at Hazardex 2020 to exhibit their specialist services and technical training services for the high hazard industries.


The OBAC Institute conducts obligatory and voluntary assessment of product conformity with ATEX No. 2014/34/UE Directive: Equipment and protective systems intended for use in potentially explosive atmospheres.


Dialight is the world leader in industrial LED lighting technology with over 1.5 million fixtures installed worldwide. We specialise in lighting products designed for the world’s harshest industrial environments – enabling customers to reduce their energy costs, maintenance costs, and carbon footprint while maximising the safety and productivity of their facilities


The Pepperl+Fuchs brand ecom is internationally one of the first addresses for mobile computing and communication devices for use in potentially hazardous areas. As an industry pioneer, Pepperl+Fuchs ecom has decisively developed explosion protection for mobile devices since 1986 and has proven its technological expertise with a multitude of innovations.


NEPIC, the prominent north-east England chemical sector membership association, is the latest official Partner Organisation for the Hazardex & PPTex 2020 Conference and Exhibition, which will be held on February 26 and 27 at the Majestic Hotel in Harrogate, Yorkshire.


NEPIC (North East of England Industry Cluster) is a membership organisation working with the chemical-using industries in the North East of England. Privately-owned and led by industry, we work to support our member companies to become successful and sustainable organisations in a collaborative business environment that helps them to grow.


ATEXInspect is cloud-based software for the inspection and asset management of equipment installed in potentially explosive atmospheres (ATEX/DSEAR). The inspection module efficiently assists the inspector, automatically raising faults against tags. These faults can then easily have work orders assigned to them, completing the cycle.


To celebrate its anniversary, sister title Connectivity has released a special print edition! It contains some of the best content published over the last two years and is an ideal guide to those starting their Industry 4.0 journey.


Site Bright Limited, is a division of UK leading Wolverhampton based Welder and Generator Supplier Shindaiwa Limited. Site Bright’s superior range of ATEX certified LED lights have become increasingly popular with Rental Companies and Petro Chemical refineries around the UK. 


Established in 1989 to specifically manufacture and export enclosures and cabinets for low voltage applications, Tempa Pano has since proved its market presence through affordable high quality products.


SGS Baseefa is the leading internationally recognised certification body for explosion protected equipment, successfully delivering ATEX certification and IECEx certification to customers around the globe. We have consistently issued more internationally acceptable IECEx Certificates year on year than any other certification body in the world.


R&M stocks a vast range of Ex materials and supplies for our clients in the Hazardous Area sector within our UK branches and also throughout our International Divisions. Products stocked include, lighting, enclosures, control, distribution equipment, plugs, receptacles and accessories.


The Phoenix Mecano Group is a global player in the enclosures and industrial components segments, has a streamlined operating structure and is a leader in many markets. Geared towards the professional and cost-effective manufacture of niche products, it helps to ensure the smooth operation of processes and connections in the machine industry and industrial electronics.


The CompEx Scheme, developed by industry for industry, is the global scheme for users in the oil, gas and chemical sectors as well as other worksites that contain explosive atmospheres. Accredited by UKAS, the United Kingdom Accreditation Service, to ISO/IEC 17024 : 2012 – Conformity Assessment – General Requirements of bodies offering Certification of Persons.


HTS GROUP specialise in delivering Process Systems, Electrical, Control and Instrumentation (EC&I) systems. Our services are focused on Instrumented Control and Instrumented Safety systems. The group’s core skills are rooted within the engineering services sector from conception through to hand-over. 


For over 125 years, both in the UK & Internationally, Dräger has proven to be a trusted partner in safety. In addition other key sectors for us include Fire & Rescue, Oil & Gas and Chemical. We also serve in areas such as Hospital, Power Generation, Construction and many more.


Mutech is a centre of excellence for Electronic Design and Manufacturing services. The keys to our success are establishing a clear understanding of our customers’ needs, and ensuring that we deliver with a “right first time” philosophy.


Class III fuels are defined as those having a flashpoint at or above 37.8°C (100°F) and below 60°C under the CLP Regulations. The upper flashpoint for these materials was previously 55°C under CHIP. The change has resulted in many common fuels with flashpoints specified as ">56°C" (i.e. between 55-60°C) falling into Class III. The objective of the paper is to clarify issues raised by the reclassification of Diesel and similar fuels.


Roxby Training Solutions has two UK facilities, Teesside and Stallingborough, offering accredited and bespoke solutions in centre and onsite, facilities permitting.


RHEINTACHO UK Ltd., formerly known as Foundrometers Instrumentation Ltd, and RHEINTACHO Messtechnik GmbH located in Freiburg, Germany, are both companies with longstanding traditions. They have been engaged for over a combined 220 years in the field of rotational speed, a crucial control quantity for mechanical processes.


Connectivity, Hazardex's sister title, is offering you the chance to win one of Schneider Electric’s Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) Secure Asset Connection Starter Packs if you sign up to receive the weekly newsletter.


F.E.S. (EX) provides a range of tailored, specialist services for industries that operate within potentially hazardous and explosive atmospheres. Our team of experienced, competent personnel have proven skills within the areas of design, process safety, Health & Safety, operations, maintenance, inspections and installations within potentially explosive atmospheres.


CCG’s Captive Component Gland is recognised within the hazardous petrochemical, oil and gas industries, as having significant safety advantages over other cable gland designs, which have loose components.


Stephen Marcos Jones, Director-General of the UK Petroleum Industry Association, will be speaking about the potential role for digital in unlocking efficiencies and improving safety in the downstream oil sector.


Stephen Marcos Jones, Director-General of the UK Petroleum Industry Association, will be speaking about the potential role for digital in unlocking efficiencies and improving safety in the downstream oil sector.


Saft specialises in advanced technology battery solutions for industry, from the design and development to the production, customisation and service provision. For 100 years, Saft’s longer-lasting batteries and systems have provided critical safety applications, back-up power and propulsion for our customers.


Exloc is based in the north of England and serves the whole of the UK and the Republic of Ireland. We are the sole UK agents for GM International's range of Intrinsically Safe Interfaces and SIL relays, BE-X Solution's range of Zone 1 Remote I/O systems, HMI-Elements' range of PC Terminals, workstations and monitors, and Primation's range of ATEX ethernet solutions.


Stephen Marcos Jones, Director-General of the UK Petroleum Industry Association, will be speaking about the potential role for digital in unlocking efficiencies and improving safety in the downstream oil sector.


The standard IEC 62443: Security for industrial automation and control systems (IACS) proposes the assignment of security levels 1-4 to IACS zone provisions.


The standard IEC 62443: Security for industrial automation and control systems (IACS) proposes the assignment of security levels 1-4 to IACS zone provisions.


DNV GL is a global quality assurance and risk management company. Driven by our purpose of safeguarding life, property and the environment, we enable our customers to advance the safety and sustainability of their business.


The standard IEC 62443: Security for industrial automation and control systems (IACS) proposes the assignment of security levels 1-4 to IACS zone provisions.


BEKA associates is an independent British company with over 30 years of dedication to the design and manufacture of display instrumentation.


For over thirty years we have provided specialist services for the identification, analysis, prevention and management of fires, explosions and accidental chemical releases in the chemical and process industry.


RAS Ltd is an independent firm of risk specialists based in the North West of England. Established in 1993, RAS works with the leading companies in the oil & gas, pharmaceutical and specialist chemical sectors across the UK to manage risk to the safety of people, business and the environment.


CSA Group is a global organisation dedicated to safety, social good and sustainability. We are a leader in Standards Development and Testing, Inspection and Certification around the world including Canada, the U.S., Europe and Asia. Our mandate is to hold the future to a higher standard. CSA Group is the Event Sponsor for the Hazardex 2020 Exhibition and the Hazardex 2020 Awards For Excellence.


In industries working around high and low voltage electricity, the dangers posed by an Arc Flash must not be underestimated. With temperatures of up to 35,000ºF, an Arc Flash can burn an operative’s skin within fractions of a second, meaning PPE really is the last line of defence for workers. Yet there’s a surprising lack of knowledge when it comes to relevant legislation and appropriate protection.


Hazardex has announced that sister title Connectivity – a leading Industry 4.0/IoT online information resource – is sponsoring the annual Hazardex International Conference and Exhibition, co-located with PPTex, on February 26-27 at the Majestic Hotel in Harrogate.


CBA is a not-for-profit business organisation representing the independent chemical supply chain in the UK. Its member companies distribute, pack, and blend over four million tonnes of chemicals each year with a market value of almost three billion euros.


Despite their common appearance on almost everything purchased for industrial, commercial or personal use, equipment markings are one of the least understood and most error filled items when going through the compliance and certification process.


This paper focuses on the three main challenges of HVAC equipment in hazardous areas. It explains how to technically deal with these issues, eventually reducing total lifetime cost.


Manufacturers of fixed gas detectors must conform to the protection concepts from the EN/IEC 60079 series of standards to demonstrate full compliance against the ATEX Directive 2014/34/EU in order for their products to be suitable for use in hazardous areas.


On the one hand, the remote maintenance of process plants via public networks in an industrial environment enables considerable cost advantages. On the other hand, significant security risks can be expected by accessing control system networks remotely.


Drawing on Brenntag‘s experience as the largest global distributor of chemicals and ingredients, Alistair Hunter provides perspectives on safety in the chemical distribution including sustainability, regulatory compliance, risk management and various safety optimisation techniques.


IP ratings are usually defined during the design stage of an installation but are often not fully understood in detail by specifiers and the resulting installation may not achieve the safety levels required. The IP ratings of cable glands in particular can lead to confusion about the level of protection that will actually be achieved in an installation.


As the world advances, existing industries (Oil & Gas, Coal, Food, Pharmaceutical, Chemical, Wood) and emerging alternatives (Hydrogen, Batteries, Fusion) continue to become more intricate in their ComplExity.


Poor lighting is a leading cause of the most common types of industrial workplace accidents, causing millions of injuries and costing billions of pounds each year. And, studies show that improving illumination decreases accident rates by more than 60%.


The Industrial Internet of Things is becoming a reality. With more and more companies looking to leverage the IIoT to improve safety and productivity, how do we implement such connectivity in our hazardous areas?


Fire and gas detection – as part of a structured process safety management system – plays an important role in the protection of people, the environment, assets and corporate reputation. Detection is dependent on both the hardware’s ability to function on demand and detectors being located in the ‘right’ place.


Risk assessments come in all shapes and sizes. They range from the estimation of risk based on experience; through to semi and full quantification. Once the assessment is complete and there is a robust understanding of the risk it should be decided if the risk is tolerable.


This presentation will focus on three key topic areas of central importance to the high hazard industries: Digitalisation and Cyber; Climate Change as a threat to hazardous inventories and processes; and Leadership.


It has been more than 20 years since the first IECEx report or Certificate was issued and since those humble beginnings, IECEx has evolved into the “Global Standard”, accepted by industry and Governments when conducting testing and certification of Ex-related Equipment, Services and Competence in the many industries where flammable and combustible materials are extracted, processed, stored and used.


HSE will give an update on the work they have been doing in cyber security, under COMAH and NIS, issues and challenges that they are working on, plans looking ahead and emerging risks to health and safety in applications using AI, telecommunications, and some of the research in areas such as interconnected devices and IoT.


The main topics of this presentation are Asset Management and Maintenance, Engineering & Design Safety, Knowledge & Competence – standards and regulations governing the design, selection, installation and maintenance of equipment and systems in potentially hazardous environments provide a framework for ignition control.


This presentation will explore the Electrical, Control and Instrumentation elements of the investigation into the fatal incident at Chevron’s Pembroke oil refinery on June 2, 2011.


This presentation looks at why intrinsic safety has always been ‘evolving’ and adapting, the problems that can give rise to and the potential benefits to designers in the future, as together with the protection concept, electronic technologies has been evolving faster than any other technology we know.


Is the well-presented stamped paper certificate an indulgent bureaucratic way to feel good about using equipment in a safety critical application, or does it actually carry value with regards to evidencing an adequate level of compliance with IEC61508?


Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) expert Colin King, a former British Army engineer and bomb disposal trainer, will discuss how he manages the many varied risks associated with going about his daily business.


Process safety and plant integrity can be supported by the thorough application for both lagging and leading indicators or metrics. Those figures are as useful as the knowledge of their practical application as well as limitation. Plant managers should have a clear understanding of what they measure and more importantly, why.


This paper will discuss the IECEx Hazardous Area certification which now covers non-electrical (mechanical) equipment.


Dynaco is a brand of the Entrematic Group, offering an extensive product range of industrial and high performance doors, docking, residential garage doors, pedestrian door automation, operators, gate automation and automatic barriers. Each Entrematic product brand contributes its own speciality and expertise, making Entrematic a powerful partner present in over 25 countries with about 2200 employees.