Area Classification & Control of Ignition SourcesPHSE/AREACLASSGB

Who should attend?

  • This course aims to explain the flammability hazards associated to production of Oil & Gas and to describe how to define a hazardous area and the applicable operating procedures.
Audience :
  • Engineers, technicians and staff, not familiar with the concepts of safety engineering, involved in operating Oil & Gas field processing facilities or in designing Oil & Gas project architecture.

Level : Foundation

Course Content

  • FLAMMABILITY HAZARDS OF HYDROCARBON PROCESSING

      • Hazards and risks incurred - Consequences.
      • Flammability: flame ignition and propagation principles. Types of combustibles, oxidizers and most common ignition sources in process facilities.
      • Concept of loss of containment. Loss of containment scenario definition.
      • Introduction to plant layout. Identification of fired and non-fired process area. Fire zones.
  • PREVENTION OF HYDROCARBON IGNITION

      • Introduction to hazardous area classification methodology.
      • Regulatory framework. Recommended practice API RP 500. EU ATEX directive 2014/34/EU.
      • Classification of releases and their vicinity.
      • Identification of loss of containment potential points. Register.
      • Strategies to define classified area distances. Direct example method. Consequence analysis simulation method.
      • Electrical equipment and suitability with regard to hazardous area classification. Identification, labeling, maintenance and inspection.
  • CONTROL OF IGNITION SOURCES IN OPERATION

      • Concept of hot work. Hot work permit.
      • Gas testing procedure.
      • Exercise: risk assessment of a hot work.
  • CASE STUDY

      • Group exercise for the definition of the classified areas of a plant in a drawing.

Learning Objectives

  • Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:
  • explain the flammability hazards associated with production facilities,
  • describe a scenario of loss of containment and to identify the most common hydrocarbon release points,
  • identify the regulatory framework of the hazardous area classification,
  • carry out the process to establish the hazardous area classification distances,
  • describe the management of hot works in a process area.

Ways & Means

  • Several applications and illustrations.
  • Several case studies and teamwork sessions.