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E-628 - Area Classification & Control of Ignition Sources

E-628 - Area Classification & Control of Ignition Sources

3 days
HSE/AREACLASSGB
Sessions
This course is not scheduled.
Who should attend?

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
  • 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.
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.
Course Content

FLAMMABILITY HAZARDS OF HYDROCARBON PROCESSING

0.75 day

  • 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

1.25 days

  • 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

0.5 day

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

CASE STUDY

0.5 day

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