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As a key thought leader in the hazardous locations industry, UL provides global leadership in the codes and standards development community. We leverage the extensive expertise and real-world experience of our hazardous locations engineers to help support the technical design of your equipment and services. The result is best-in-class design reviews, technical education and hazardous location training, and consultancy.

The need for operational excellence and safety in oil and gas has never been greater. Achieving higher levels of safety and performance while simultaneously reducing resources can be challenging and is the reason for an expanding knowledge gap. To help with this, UL and OCS Group are collaborating to provide solutions for certification and hazardous location training in regulatory requirements. Our technical training is provided worldwide as public or private workshops in customer facilities, public venues or at one of our local offices.

Whether personnel are new to the industry or have a seasoned level of experience, we have a broad range of technical experts to help with all training needs. UL and OCS are the center of technical excellence and provide highly rated training tailored to the needs of hazardous locations stakeholders.

Our technical training is a resource to help customers design compliant products and services without the need for extensive re-work. In addition, UL and OCS can help provide fundamental education and installation training to help ensure an accurate understanding of global HazLoc certifications and services.

We offer a variety of standardized hazardous location training classes as well as custom training on topics such as:

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HAZARDOUS AREA COURSES

 

HIGH VOLTAGE COURSES

 

OTHER

 

 

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

HAZARDOUS AREA COURSES

CompEx Training (Ex 01-04)

This 5-day course provides delegate’s with an understanding of the terminology and protection concepts for electrical/instrument equipment utilized in explosive atmospheres. It contains IEC Standards and ATEX European Directives, including the preparation, installation, inspection and maintenance of electrical/instrument equipment used in explosive atmospheres. This course utilizes both practical and theoretical assessments, including all protection concepts listed in order to validate a delegate’s core competency to work safely in explosive atmospheres in a series of specific modules listed below:
Topics include:
  • EX01: The preparation and installation of Ex ‘d’, ‘n’, ‘e’ and ‘p’ electrical equipment
  • EX02: The inspection and maintenance of Ex ‘d’, ‘n’, ‘e’ and ‘p’ electrical equipment
  • EX03: The preparation and installation of Ex ‘i’ equipment and systems
  • EX04: The inspection and maintenance of Ex ‘i’ equipment and system

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CompEx Foundation

This 2-day course is designed to give a full understanding of the requirements of working safely in a potentially explosive atmosphere through knowledge based training and assessment. Targeted specifically at CompEx core competency and the promotion of safe working. This course aims to raise awareness of the management responsibility and actions where management has control of/or directs work of personnel who carry out the installations and maintenance of electrical equipment and apparatus in hazardous environments.

Topics include:

  • Equipment Directive & EPS Regulations and Worker Directives
  • Ignition Sources
  • Flammables
  • Characteristics of gases and vapours (IEC 60079-10)
  • Characteristics of dusts (IEC 61241-10)
  • Area Classifications
  • Boundary Signage
  • Categories & EPLs (IEC 60079-14)
  • Equipment for use in Hazardous Areas

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CompEx Refresher
In this 2-day course, delegates will review updated requirements for the installation of electrical equipment for use in hazardous areas. The first day concentrates on current directives and practices. On the second day, delegates are assessed in maintenance, installation and inspection.

Topics include:

  • Sources of ignition
  • Nature of hazards and identification of hazards
  • Area classifications zones 0, 1 and 2
  • Selection of apparatus, cabling, glanding and termination
  • Inspection and testing
  • Management and remedial work

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CompEx 11 (Mechanical)

This 3-day course is designed to develop the competency of mechanical personnel working in potentially flammable atmospheres. Delegates gain knowledge, understanding and practice in the preparation, installation, inspection and maintenance of mechanical equipment. This course also contains the standards for the manufacture and installation of mechanical equipment and their protection concepts.

Topics include:

  • Maintaining hazardous area equipment
  • Area classification and zones
  • Protection concepts
  • Hydraulic hose assembly
  • Standards, best practice and company criteria
  • Terminology and definitions
  • Sources of ignition

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IECEx Certification of Personnel Competence (CoPC): Classroom Training, Practical Training, Examination

The IECEx 05 Scheme addresses the certification of personnel competence involved in activities through eleven Units of Competence, as follows:

Basic knowledge and awareness to enter a site that includes a classified hazardous area (Unit Ex 000)

  • Applying the basic principles of protection in explosive atmospheres (Unit Ex 001)
  • Performing classification of hazardous areas (Unit Ex 002)
  • Installing explosion-protected equipment and wiring systems (Unit Ex 003)
  • Maintaining equipment in explosive atmospheres (Unit Ex 004)
  • Overhauling and repairing explosion-protected equipment (Unit Ex 005)
  • Testing electrical installations in or associated with explosive atmospheres (Unit Ex 006)
  • Performing visual and close inspection of electrical installations in or associated with explosive atmospheres (Unit Ex 007)
  •  Performing detailed inspection of electrical installations in or associated with explosive atmospheres (Unit Ex 008)
  • Designing electrical installations in or associated with explosive atmospheres (Unit Ex 009)
  • Performing audit inspection of electrical installations in or associated with explosive atmospheres (Unit Ex 010)

Please note, the IECEx CoPC Scheme is not intended for personnel who are involved with:

  • Design or manufacturing of products where the output of their work is verified through testing, assessment or equipment certification, or
  • Testing and certification bodies, where their competence is verified through the accreditation of a test laboratory or a certifying body

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Hazardous Area Electrical Training (HAET-IADC)

This 4 Day course provides knowledge of industry standards (outlined by government and industry bodies) and delivers the most up-to-date, effective practice for the manufacture, installation and maintenance of electrical/instrument equipment and the protection requirements utilized within hazardous or potentially hazardous areas. Upon completion of successful assessment, delegates will receive a competency certificate accredited by IADC.

Topics include:
  • Course covers training to the standards IEC 60079-17, API 500-505 and NEC 500-505
  • Overview of Area Classifications
  • Gas groups and temperature classes
  • Equipment protections concepts
  • Selection of apparatus, cabling and terminations requirements
  • Inspection of equipment and systems Statutory and non-statutory requirements
  • Testing of installation
  • Management and remedial work

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Upstream NEC 500 – 505 (API RP)

Upstream 500 505 API RP provides delegates with competency based knowledge and understanding on the 500 505 API RP terminology and protection concepts utilized in explosive areas.  Upstream 500 505 API RP course covers the preparation, installation, inspection and maintenance of electrical/instrument equipment used in explosive atmospheres.

Topics include:

  • Laws, Standards, Relevant API Recommended Practices (API RP 14F and API RP 14FZ), NFPA 70E, NEC and CFR Regulations
  • Preparation & installation of IEC and Ex electrical equipment in explosive atmospheres
  • The inspection and maintenance of intrinsically safe and non incendive equipment and systems in explosive atmospheres
  • Overview of Area Classifications, Class, Divisions and Zones
  • Gas groups and temperature classes and Protection types and concepts
  • Installation of electrical equipment in Explosive Atmospheres or Hazardous Areas
  • Assessment and Inspection of explosive atmosphere equipment
  • Testing, Lock Out Tag Out (LOTO) and procedures

Upstream 500 505 API uses both theoretical and practical assessments to validate a candidates core competency to work safely with Electrical Equipment in Ex Atmospheres or Hazardous Areas.

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Hazardous Area Combustible Dust Training

This two-day course is to provide, private businesses within industrial Hazardous Areas (HA) awareness of the hazards posed by Combustible Dust (CD). Enable delegates to gain the knowledge and strategies that can help to assure employee safety whilst in a CD environment. By focus on recognizing the hazards and risks associated with CD and developing the control strategies organizations can help prevent or mitigate CD fires and explosions.

Topics include:

  • Overview of CD in industry
  • CFR/OSHA on Dust Inspections/Maintenance
  • NFPA 654 – Prevention of Fire and Dust Explosions
  • OSHA Subpart S Standards on Dust
  • CFR/OSHA on Dust Inspections/Maintenance

Hazardous Area Combustible Dust Training uses both theoretical and practical assessments to validate a candidates core competency to work safely in Hazardous Areas where combustible dust can be found.

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HIGH VOLTAGE COURSES>


Marine High Voltage Safety Training (USCG-STCW)

This Marine High Voltage (STCW), 5-day course covers the IEC & NEC, IEEE CFR standards for High Voltage (HV)  switching, electrical isolations, and flash protection boundaries (ARC Flash) per the NFPA 70E 2012.

Marine High Voltage STCW, offers practical learning on fully functional High Voltage, and Low Voltage units. Electrical Principals and Stress Utilization & Distribution are also included. Our power generation and distribution simulator directs technicians in the start-up and troubleshooting of offshore High Voltage power systems.

Delegates who successfully complete this Marine High Voltage STCW Course will satisfy the following:

  • The Marine High-Voltage Power Systems requirements of 46 CFR 11.335(a)(4)(vi) for STCW endorsement as an Electro-Technical Officer (ETO)
  • The Marine High-Voltage Power Systems requirements of 46 CFR 12.611(a)(4)(ii) for STCW endorsements as an Electro-Technical Rating (ETR)
  • Specific TASKs found in the National Assessment Guidelines of the Electro-Technical Officer NVIC 23-14. 8.A; 4.1.A; 4.1.B; AND 4.1.C

Marine High Voltage STCW USCG Training uses both theoretical and practical assessments to validate a candidate’s core competency to work safely in Hazardous High Voltage area.

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High Voltage Safety and Switching (IADC)

This IADC High Voltage 4-day course is designed to educate electrical personnel in the safe working practices for offshore/onshore industrial high voltage applications. We provide IEC and NEC standards for High Voltage (HV) switching.  Our power generation and distribution simulator directs technicians in the start-up and troubleshooting of offshore High Voltage power systems.

Topics include:

  • NFPA-70E Electrical Safety Standards
  • Arc Flash Protection Boundaries and appropriate PPE
  • High Voltage terminology, system component identification and functions
  • Core electrical principles and concepts
  • Power system distribution and dynamics (PF, KVAR, KW, KWA)
  • Managing a High Voltage installation
  • Distribution component-switchgear and transformers
  • High Voltage cabling and electrical stress relief
  • Hi-Pot and IRT testing
  • Switching Plans

IADC High Voltage Safety & Switching uses both theoretical and practical assessments to validate a candidate’s core competency to work safely in High Voltage Hazardous Area.

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ARC Flash (NFPA 70E)

This one-day ARC Flash course provides delegates with the safe working knowledge and skills for both offshore and onshore industrial/commercial High Voltage and Low Voltage applications.

Arc Flash Training focuses on recognizing the hazards and risks associated that will enable delegates to be able to understand the relevant Standards and Laws pertaining to Safety of Arc Flash.

Topics Include:

  • NFPA-70E 2017, IEEE, OSHA 1910.269, OSHA 1910. 333, ANSI and ASTM
  • Arc Flash Protection Boundaries
  • Incident energies
  • Appropriate PPE selection including ANSI, OSHA and ASTM
  • Arc Flash Analysis warning labels
  • Inspection and storage of all PPE, full electrical safety glove inspection
  • High Voltage and Low Voltage Switch Room Inspection
  • Recommended practices for isolations
  • High Voltage and Low Voltage Test for Dead procedure
  • Switching and Grounding

Arc Flash Safety Training uses both theoretical and practical assessments to validate a candidate’s core competency to work safely in a Hazardous Area.

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OTHER

Basics of Global Hazardous Locations Requirements

This workshop is an introductory overview or refresher of hazardous locations basics. You will learn the terminology associated with hazardous locations, including Classes, Divisions, Zones, Groups, temperature classifications, and area classifications. An introduction to each of the protection concepts used to design equipment is provided. Installation requirements for North America are covered and compared to typical international requirements. The myriad of product markings and certifications are reviewed and explained in detail, including North American Listings, ATEX Certifications, IECEx System and more.

Topics include:

  • How areas become classified and why hazardous locations are classified
  • The terminology associated with area classifications, including Classes, Groups, Divisions, Zone, temperature classes, protection methods, and more
  • Examples of area classifications
  • North American and international protection techniques for Divisions and Zones
  • How to select the appropriate standard to meet certification requirements
  • What products need to be certified and how to work with third parties to obtain those certifications
  • Wiring methods and other installation concerns covered by the NEC ®, CEC and basic international requirements

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Hazardous Locations Intrinsic Safety Design Fundamentals

Electrical devices and systems considered “intrinsically safe” operate at an energy level deemed low enough to prevent arcs, sparks or heat (during normal or fault conditions), that could ignite a potentially explosive environment. In this comprehensive one-day workshop you will learn about the latest requirements for intrinsically safe electrical products for hazardous locations (explosive atmospheres) applications. You will also learn about the numerous benefits associated with the use of intrinsically safe equipment as opposed to applying other protection techniques, such as explosion-proof enclosures. In addition, participants will learn that intrinsically safe products generally reduce installation costs, and potentially lower material and production costs. Finally, you will understand how intrinsically safe equipment is suitable for use in Division 1 and Zone 0 classified location

Topics include:

  • Apparatus construction
  • Components on which intrinsic safety depends
  • Infallible components, infallible assemblies of components and infallible connections
  • Diode safety barriers
  • Type verification and tests
  • Markings
  • Comparison of Division 1 and Zone 0 requirements

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Introduction to Functional Safety   

Learn the basic elements of functional safety and gain the knowledge needed to apply relevant standards effectively.

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The ATEX Directive for Hazardous Locations  

A high-level introduction to the European Standards listed in the ATEX Directive for Hazardous Locations.

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ABOUT OCS GROUP

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