Comprehensive Explosion Science - October

Date From: 19 October 2017
Date To: 20 October 2017
Location: United Kingdom
Description: Covers gas and dust explosion theory, DSEAR & ATEX regulations, ignition theory, hazardous area classification, risk assessment and protection concepts.
Event Type: IChemE Course
Venue: Rugby, UK
Organiser: IChemE
Contact Name: Courses department
Contact Phone: +44 (0) 1788 534431
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Alternative date

23-24 May, London, UK


Gain a comprehensive understanding of the phenomenon of explosions including consequences, prevention techniques and current regulatory requirements for a safe and compliant working environment.

The course covers gas and dust explosion theory, DSEAR and ATEX regulations, ignition theory, hazardous area classification, risk assessment and protection concepts.

Download the Comprehensive Explosion Science course leaflet

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course delegates will understand:

  • explosion science; conditions causing and consequences resulting from explosions
  • the requirements of UK and EU regulations relating to health and safety in potentially explosive atmospheres
  • hazardous area classification and explosion risk assessment techniques
  • material explosibility properties and test methods 
  • the role of CFD in explosion consequence analysis
  • understanding and controlling potential ignition sources
  • explosion protection and isolation concepts and design
  • the requirements of UK and EU regulations for equipment for use in potentially explosive atmospheres and for explosion protection equipment (the ATEX directive)
  • past incidents, statistics and why we study previous accidents

Who will benefit?

  • those who are responsible for industrial premises that fall under the DSEAR(UK) / ATEX(EU) regulations
  • engineers who are responsible for designing new process plants and maintaining existing installations
  • OEMs who are required to design equipment and processes according to the ATEX directive
  • employees working in hazardous areas

Course outline

Day 1

  • gas, vapour and dust explosions
  • explosion effects and consequences
  • the role of consequence modelling
  • DSEAR / ATEX user directive (ATEX 1999/92/EC)
  • material testing
  • hazardous area classification for gas, vapour and dust
  • potential and effective ignition sources

Day 2

  • examples of industrial explosions
  • explosion prevention and protection measures
  • ATEX equipment directive (ATEX 94/9/EC)
  • requirements for electrical  and mechanical equipment
  • requirements for protective systems
  • explosion risk assessment methodology


IChemE member - £1150 + VAT
Non-member - £1300 + VAT

Duration (for CPD recording purposes): up to 14 hours. If you are recording mandatory CPD you should refer to your own regulator’s requirements as recognition of CPD hours may vary.

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