Malaysia hosts explosive conference

IECEx International Conference in the Asia Pacific

By Aliyah Esmail

When you think of explosive atmospheres, oil and gas or petrochemical industries are the first areas that spring to mind. But, as economies in Asia grow, the list grows of industries that carry a risk of fire or explosion. They include transportation – including aerospace – furniture manufacturing, automotive manufacturing and repair, pharmaceuticals, food processing, grain handling and storage, sugar refineries and coal mining.

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Unless you are driving an electric car, you are bound to enter a potentially hazardous area each time you need to put gasoline in your car.

A two day event to understand IECEx services

Schemes covered by IECEx, the IEC System for Certification to Standards Relating to Equipment for Use in Explosive Atmospheres, are important in Asian economies for enhancing safety. To help educate interested parties about the System and learn about how the region can benefit from it, the IEC National Committee of Malaysia, Department of Standards Malaysia and Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI) have taken the initiative and approached IECEx to host this major event.

Organized by the IEC and IECEx, together with Department of Standards Malaysia, and in conjunction with UNECE (United Nations Economic Commission for Europe), the 2014 IECEx International Conference will take place on 19 and 20 February 2014.

The two day event will provide a unique opportunity for industries in the region to get better acquainted with IEC International Standards and Conformity Assessment Systems in general and find out how they can derive most benefit from the IECEx services that cover Ex equipment and systems, repair and overhaul facilities, and certification of personnel competence.

All services are formally endorsed by the United Nations, through UNECE, as an international model for safety regulations in Ex (explosive) areas.

Knowledge stops explosions

This conference will bring together experts from all over the world who are involved in the design, manufacture, inspection, repair and overhaul of Ex equipment and systems, as well as in the assessment and certification of personnel competence.

Through their presentations and direct contact, the expert panel of speakers will be able to share their experience and detailed knowledge of all matters pertaining to the Ex field, such as plant design, principles and practical applications of area classification, installation and repair in compliance with IEC International Standards. They will answer questions, provide advice and give valuable information to anyone involved in the Ex sector.

In addition to the exchange of valuable and updated information concerning Ex equipment and installations, this event provides an excellent networking opportunity for key managers and personnel associated with the day-to-day operation of Ex related plants and installations, especially within the petroleum and natural gas industries.

Participate and learn

If you would like to take part, you will have the opportunity of benefiting from the experience of a great number of experts who have offered to make presentations.

Interest in this event has been very strong from the outset. If you want to get involved, send your details to IECEx Info. For more information on IECEx, please visit

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