IEC 60079-17 Inspections

IEC 60079-17 Inspections: Contracted Services


IEC 60079-17 Inspections – C&P Engineering Services were contracted to provide on a world-wide “as required” basis, IEC Inspection services to a leading oil and gas company. The inspection services included the provision of suitably qualified and experienced peripatetic, full time or ad-hoc, ATEX Inspectors, equipped with the appropriate communications tools, infrastructure and support services for the performance of IEC / ATEX Inspection activities associated with the manufacture of equipment.

The contracted work required C&P to mobilise anywhere in the world within a 1 week notice period. We were usually able to become operational within a couple of days once an order was requested.

Technical Remit

a) Perform “detailed initial verification” inspections of all certified electrical equipment/installations to ensure compliance with the requirements of IEC 60079-14 and IEC 60079-17.

b) Populate the Project’s software Database, based on data and information taken during the inspections for each item of Certified

Equipment Including:-

  • Equipment Tag Number
  • Manufacturer
  • Model
  • Equipment Group and Category
  • Explosive Atmosphere G/D
  • ATEX Flag
  • Hazardous Area Certifying Authority
  • Hazardous Area Certifying Number
  • Protection Concept
  • Hazardous Area Gas Group
  • Hazardous Area Temperature rating
  • Ingress Protection Rating
  • Serial Number
  • Intrinsically safe Flag
  • Temperature Ambient Lower limit
  • Temperature Ambient Upper Limit
  • Volts
  • Amps
  • Frequency
  • Location of Examination
  • Date of Examination
  • Examiners Name
  • Observations

Utilised the client’s Project Ex Guidance document with regard to interpretation of the IEC 60079-17 questions.

Reviewed supporting certification documentation for correctness and completeness.

Produced reports for each Supplier visit listing any deviations from the Standards and General Engineering Specifications.

Produced an Inspection Punch List for equipment that failed the IEC 60079-17 Inspections.

Provided consistent electronic data which was exported to the life cycle database.

Provided a “Certificate of Inspection” and supporting technical file for the inspected supplier mechanical package(s).

Made contact with the client’s Lead IEC Inspection Specialist when any non-conformance were identified to allow the project to begin assessment of remedial actions that may be required.

Performed detailed inspections for all certified electrical equipment in accordance with IEC 60079-17. Reviewed the supporting certificates and validated the correctness as pertaining to the certified electrical equipment inspected and where special conditions in the certificate were state and verified compliance.

Results of the detailed inspections were inputted into the EX database for each tag number.


Successful delivery of a world-wide contract.

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