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.

The Best User Application award goes to an application story highlighting the benefits of a product, system or service for use in hazardous area environments. Voters were not allowed to vote for their own company/organisation.

Over the last decade, the Hazardex Awards programme has become a benchmark for those supplying products, services and systems within hazardous areas. You can play your part in raising awareness and standards across the sector by nominating a company, product or service for the 2021 awards, entering your vote and encouraging your colleagues to do likewise. Nominations will open later in the year. For details about the 2021 event, please contact Russell Goater (details at the bottom of this page).

Thank you to our Event & Awards Sponsor, CSA Group!

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Best User Application - Sponsored by CSA Group

**WINNER** - Institute of Measurement & Control

This special interest group is dedicated to the management of Explosive Atmosphere (Ex) hazards, that will be familiar territory for many members. In some respects, the SIG is a sister to the established functional safety SIG that also serves a discipline that enjoys(?) interest from the regulatory authorities.

The Ex-SIG is responsible for promoting awareness and understanding of Ex matters. The main focus is the set of associated practices and regulations. These areas continue to develop and represent significant challenges for guidance and understanding.

The SIG aims to organise conferences, workshops and seminars on Ex matters, and to prepare papers for publication. These may be self-initiated, by agreement with other SIG or Local Sections, or by co-sponsorship with other bodies where appropriate. The SIG will provide a forum for the members to meet, exchange experiences and share learning.

The SIG also aims to be a disinterested (as distinct from uninterested!) voice in the industry, providing a corrective to the promotion, by vested interests, of provisions that may not be properly aligned with the interest of users. 

The SIG oversees a new qualification in the Ex domain: ‘Registered Explosive Atmospheres Engineer’ (RExE). This differs from many of the qualifications available following short course attendance, (many of which are specifically designed for artificers), in that it is only available to registered engineers (I.Eng/CEng, or equivalent qualification in jurisdictions beyond the UK), that can demonstrate through peer review, the appropriate competence & commitment at a professional level.


Highly commended runners-up

The highly commended runners-up in the PPTex Innovation category were:

WIKA Instruments for its exhibition, training and educational vehicle (EV)
The EV, which was showcased at the Hazardex 2020 exhibition, is a unique multi-purpose, mobile exhibition and training vehicle. The EV is a tool where WIKA displays its product portfolio. In essence, WIKA can bring our products, services and technology to the customers. The EV is fitted throughout with working products that can be seen, touched and felt and essentially seen in working operation. The vehicle is also used for staff training but perhaps more importantly, to universities and colleges where the next generation of engineers can be captured.

Pruftechnik for the ROTALIGN touch EX
Working in hazardous areas not only makes for a dangerous and unsafe workplace, but high restrictions are necessary to avoid any dangers to man and machine. PRUFTECHNIK, the laser alignment specialist, is renowned for its high-quality systems for industrial reliability and predictive maintenance. ROTALIGN touch EX is the latest laser alignment system to demonstrate how cutting-edge design and state-of-the-art technology support workers in ATEX rated zones. 


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. The categories were Technical Innovation, Best User Application, Best Customer Service, Contribution to Safety, plus the Delegates' Award which was voted for on the day by event attendees.

Click here to see a full list of the winners and runners-up from the awards. CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL WINNERS AND HIGHLY COMMENDED RUNNER-UPS!

Voting rules

* The competition is open to all Hazardex journal and website readers and users
* Voters register their votes by sending an email to the organisers and must identify themselves and their company.
* Voters are limited to one vote per category
* Nominees are not permitted to vote for their own company/organisation
* All votes remain confidential

Contact Russell Goater on +44 (0) 1732 359990 or for further details on attendance, exhibiting or sponsoring this must-attend event in 2021.