Hazardous Area Classification

I just finished my competency training and assessment on Hazardous Area Classification according to AS/NZS 60079.

Before the training, I was confident that I already know how to classify hazardous areas. That was not the case. There are so many factors need to consider. There are also two ways to classify a hazardous area:

  1. Point of Release
  2. Generalized Method

I always do the generalized method but it is only on this competency training that I realized that classifying a hazardous area correctly will have an economic impact on the project.

The assessment was very tedious - it took us almost a day to complete. I did not pass with flying colors but I have learned my mistakes. I have overlooked some important factors in the classification but I have taken note of them that I will try not to overlook them in actual application.

Now, I understand that decades of experience working or designing for hazardous areas does not necessarily make you competent in hazardous area classification.

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About the Author

Ver Pangonilo

A Filipino Engineer, Registered Professional Engineer of Queensland (RPEQ) – Australia and Professional Electrical Engineer (PEE) – Philippines with extensive experience in concept select, front-end engineering, HV & LV detail design, construction and commissioning of Hazardous and Non-Hazardous Area electrical installations in water and waste water pipeline and pumping facilities, offshore platforms, hydrocarbon process plants and pipelines including related facilities. Hazardous area classification and design certification (UEENEEM015B, UEENEEM016B, UEENEEM017B).

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