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TÜV Rheinland: collaboration agreement with ATEC Training & Certification Services

Certification of personnel competencies under the IECEx 05 Scheme / Official approval by IECEx Committee as Recognized Training Provider (RTP) / Empowerment of today´s industry with high quality personnel safety education

(PresseBox) (Köln, ) TÜV Rheinland, a Certification Body under the International Electrotechnical Commission system for certification to standards relating to explosive atmospheres (IECEx SYSTEM), and ATEC, a recognized training provider (RTP) for the same scheme, recently signed a collaboration agreement to further expand and promote the certification of personnel competencies for experts working in hazardous locations and conditions worldwide.

The international collaborative agreement is valid in many regions, all of them with different visions and approaches in terms of safety – for example in the United States of America, Singapore, India and Myanmar. Through this cooperation, both partners intend to empower today´s industry with high quality personnel education for safety in hazardous sectors / environments and to encourage a more effective approach to plant safety.

Both partners have been committed to safety for many years, with a special emphasis on hazardous locations. In such environments, the expertise of designers, constructors, operators and maintenance workers is crucial to ensure the safety of users, the environment and hazardous assets. Forefront trainings and personnel certification are therefore key components for providing regular updates and state-of-the art skills and expertise in hazardous atmospheres.

The IECEx 05 Scheme defines standards relating to equipment for use in explosive atmospheres as well as rules and procedures for the certification of competences for personnel working in hazardous environments. The scheme includes 11 units of competences, from basic knowledge to area classification, installation, maintenance and overhaul of explosion-protected equipment, testing and inspection of electrical installations in or associated with explosive atmospheres, as well as their design.

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TÜV Rheinland is a global leader in independent inspection services, founded 140 years ago. The group employs 19,600 people around the globe. Annual turnover is nearly €1.9 billion. The independent experts stand for quality and safety for people, technology, and the environment in nearly all aspects of life. TÜV Rheinland inspects technical equipment, products and services, and oversees projects and processes for companies. Its experts train people in a wide range of careers and industries. To this end, the company operates a global network of approved labs, testing and education centers. Since 2006, TÜV Rheinland has been a member of the United Nations Global Compact to promote sustainability and combat corruption. www.tuv.com