Certifications and Standards Within the Oil and Gas Industry
All industries are governed by regulatory bodies which oversee how products used within that industry are designed, developed, and manufactured. The Oil and Gas industry is characterised as an explosive or ‘hazardous’ environment, and as a result is one of the most heavily regulated industries. The main regulatory bodies within the Oil and Gas, that concern LISK Ireland products industry are:
- ATEX (Europe)
- IECEx (The ‘rest of the world’)
- Inmetro (Brazil)
- CSA (North America, Hazloc)
- UL (North America, Hazloc)
All position sensors, solenoids and valves used within the Oil and Gas industry are guided by these standards depending on the location of use. Each standard is discussed in more detail below.
ATEX (Atmosphere Explosibles) is an EU directive which was designed to ensure the safety of equipment and protective systems intended for use in potentially explosive environments. The directive also outlines minimum requirements to ensure the health and safety of employees working in potentially explosive environments. While ATEX was originally designed for the EU, they are now becoming accepted as a worldwide standard.
IECEx (International Electrotechnical Commission) is a global scheme that ensures products, services and personnel that achieve an IECEx certificate meet certain standards. IECEx certifications are approved by IECEx certification bodies within member countries.
There are four systems within the IECEx scheme
- Certified Equipment Scheme – Certifies that equipment conforms to certain standards within explosive industries.
- Certified Service Facilities Scheme – Provides assurances that organisations that provide repair and overhaul services within the explosive industries meet certain standards.
- Conformity Mark Licensing System – Provides assurances that products bearing this mark are covered by the IECEx Certificate of Conformity.
- Certification of Personal Competencies – Employees with a certification of personal competencies has the necessary qualifications to implement international Ex standards.
Inmetro is a Brazilian accreditation based on the IECEx global certification scheme. The first Inmetro regulation was formed by the Brazilian Accreditation Body and regulator in 1991 following an explosion on an offshore platform. The Inmetro certification ensures that products entering the Brazilian market meet local legislative requirements.
CSA (Canadian Standards Association) have a range of standards for the design, construction, operation, and maintenance of equipment within the Oil and Gas Industry. These standards are recognised worldwide.
UL is an independent body which addresses safety issues within numerous industries, including Oil and Gas. The aim of this body is to keep people and sites within the Oil and Gas industry safe.
LISK Ireland have over fifty years’ experience designing and manufacturing customised products for the Oil and Gas industry which meet industry standards. To learn more about our experience within the Oil and Gas industry click here.