“ATEX equipment We don’t know what we don’t know” Incorrectly certified ATEX & UKEX Equipment for hazardous areas & the risk to end users.


Scott HardingSales Director & Joint Owner - Woodcock & Wilson Ltd

Time & Location

Thursday: 14.00 to 14.20, Stage 3

About this presentation

As end users are ultimately responsible for the employee’s safety when working in a potentially explosive atmosphere as per the ATEX directive. How can they guarantee the hazardous area equipment is safe!

For all types of hazardous area equipment there is a reliance on manufacturers to get it right. The presentation covers the pitfalls in the certification process by both Notified Bodies & manufacturers, “They don’t know what they don’t know”.

It highlights how manufacturers & OEM’s conformity assessment is incorrectly reviewed & how Notified Bodies are unaware of the correct EN standards to assess to. As non-electrical Hazardous area equipment can be manufactured without any independent technical review or testing, this puts end-users at immense risk.

The presentation covers some guidance on how to look for issues with product certification & how the reliance on a declaration of conformity could be fatal.

Speaker Bio

Scott Harding is Sales Director & joint owner of Woodcock & Wilson and is a member of the IECEx Committee, UKATEX committee, UKEX committee, Nuclear Institute, National Nuclear Ventilation forum, SHAPA, and the Fan Manufacturers Association. He has over 30 years’ experience in the industrial fan industry covering fan design, manufacture & process safety. He is a driving force behind mechanical safety within the process industry, providing knowledge sharing with lectures & presentations on the ATEX fan standard EN14986, EN80079-36, EN80079-37 and the introduction of the IECEx non-electrical standard in 2016.