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.

The Contribution to Safety award goes to a product, system or service which has made a significant contribution to safety 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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Contribution to Safety - Sponsored by Hazardex

**WINNER** - Dron & Dickson

Dron & Dickson works towards raising awareness about the importance of hazardous area safety, ignition prevention, and the training and competence of technicians. Dron & Dickson can provide both products (through the Wholesale Division) and services (through the Engineering Services Division) resulting in a fully integrated offering from initial conceptual design, to product selection, through the installation & commissioning, culminating in the ongoing servicing and maintenance of the equipment in field operation. 

As a result, Dron & Dickson has been working on several different work-streams all with the end goal of making hazardous areas safer and reducing the risk potential of a serious adverse event.


Highly commended runners-up

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

ATEXInspect’s cloud-based software asset management system is used by industry leading manufacturers within ATEX zones. It is currently being used by one of our global clients to solve historical asset management issues. A global leader in the development, manufacture and supply of Chemical products experienced challenges with their asset management system and ATEX inspections, due to the untraceable nature of their paper-based system and obsolete database. By implementing ATEXInspect, we provided a comprehensive solution which transferred their current systems from a Microsoft access database and paper inspections to an all in one cloud-based solution. Their database was imported into ATEXInspect, providing global fault monitoring of multiple sites and replacing paper inspections with ATEX approved tablets. The market-leading client now has a traceable, time-efficient and compliant ATEX management system.

ExVeritas is an accredited product and management system certification body, testing laboratory and inspection body. We are also an ATEX Notified Body and an IECEx Certification Body and Test Laboratory. For sites, we offer safety consultancy on DSEAR and ATEX 153 including explosion risk assessments, area classification. In 2019 ExVeritas became the first (and only) fully UKAS accredited Ex Inspection Body for both electrical and non-electrical inspections and repair verification, setting a new standard for accredited safety of Ex Inspections. ExVeritas is one of the only Training and Consultancy companies to provide FREE safety seminars every year, this year are we doing our free seminars in the UK and in the USA from our new test laboratory in Dallas.


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.