Area Classification

ABB Consulting
Course summary
2 days
1,220 GBP excl. VAT
Full time
Professional Training
Next available date: 22/03/2022 - Teesside
Course Dates
1,220 GBP

1,220 GBP

Course description

Area Classification

Due to COVID-19 - This training is being offered as a Virtual Training Course

What is your process? Can you have combustible / flammable atmospheres?

Have you identified the likelihood of a combustible or flammable atmosphere

As part of the overall assessment have you a documented area classification?

The classification of hazardous areas is an integral part of the overall risk assessment process required under Regulation 7 of the Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations 2002 (DSEAR) and Regulation 9 of the Prevention of Fire and Explosion and Emergency Response Regulations 1995 (PFEER).

Its purpose is to define the extent, frequency and duration of an explosive atmosphere (the zone). The zone in turn defines the requirements for the selection of equipment and protective systems so as to control sources of ignition. 

Compliance with DSEAR is mandatory for any onshore operator handling dangerous substances and PFEER for any operator of fixed offshore installations.

Suitability - Who should attend?

The course should suit recent graduates and experienced staff with operations, process, engineering and safety responsibilities.

On completion you should be able to:

  • Understand why area classification is carried out
  • Understand the principles of area classification
  • Understand the steps in the area classification procedure
  • Identify the grades of release and how they relate to zoning
  • Appreciate the industry codes available that can be used to establish the extent of zones
  • Understand the requirements for selection of equipment to be installed in potentially explosive atmospheres 
  • Join an area classification meeting and work under the direction of an experienced practitioner

Outcome / Qualification etc.

This Area Classification training course is accredited by the IChemE and meets the requirements of Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

Training Course Content

What the course will cover:

  • Introduction to DSEAR (2002) and in particular the requirements for area classification and selection of equipment to avoid ignition sources
  • The flammability of gases, vapours and dusts and how they relate to area
  • Introduction to BS EN 60079-10-1:2015 the British Standard for area classification
    relating to gases and vapours. The scope of this standard is addressed, in particular the grading of releases and the effect of ventilation
  • The course provides an overview of two widely used codes, EI15 edition 4 and SR25 edition 2 including syndicate exercises 
  • Introduction to BS EN 60079-10-2:2015 the British Standard for area classification relating to dusts. The scope and use of this standard is addressed, complete with a syndicate exercise


This Area Classification training course is priced at £1,220 +VAT per delegate. For members of IChemE, there is a discounted priced of £1,160 +VAT

Choose to attend the course in person, or on-line via the streamed virtual classroom.

Enquire for in-house training options and group rates.

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