ATEX Safety, Health & Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations 2007

The ATEX 137 Directive 1999/92/EC was transposed into Irish law as the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations in 2007 Part 8 Explosive atmospheres at places of work. It requires employers to classify workplaces where explosive atmospheres may occur into either hazardous or non-hazardous places. Those places identified as hazardous must be classified into zones, and specific prevention measures detailed in the Regulations must be applied.

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What's covered?

  • Overview of Directive and the Safety, Health & Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations 2007, Part 8.
  • Organisational and training requirements
  • Documentation and permit to work requirements
  • Flammable materials and flammability data
  • Area and zone classification
  • Sources of ignition
  • Explosion prevention and protection
  • Explosion protection documents (EPD)

This course uses practical exercises to highlight gaps in ATEX compliance and to allow participants initiate the risk assessment process.

Who should participate?

Personnel responsible for process safety in the workplace, Engineering Managers, Production Managers, EH&S Managers.

What will I learn?

Participants achieve the following learning outcomes from the programme;

  • Understand requirements of the ATEX Directive and Part 8 of the General Application Regulations
  • Identify what procedures and permits to work are required
  • Know the steps need to be taken to achieve compliance
  • Know what flammability data is required
  • Identify hazardous areas
  • Identify potential ignition sources
  • Understand how to mitigate explosion hazards
  • Understand the content of an Explosion Protection Document

Who are the tutors?

Finbarr Stapleton

Finbarr Stapleton, Antaris, has a B.Sc. in Industrial Chemistry and a Diploma in Occupational Health & Safety and is a member of IOSH. He has over thirty years experience, initially as Laboratory Manager in an Analytical Laboratory, a number of years experience as an EHS Manager in the Food Industry and subsequently in technical consultancy.

He has successfully implemented OHSAS 18001/45001, ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and ISO 50001 in a large number of industries. He has extensive experience of quality management and environmental and health and safety management systems, energy management, waste management as well as environmental and health and safety legislation. He is a qualified Auditor of ISO 9001, OHSAS 18001/ISO 45001, ISO 14001 and ISO 50001 management systems. Finbarr has also extensive experience of energy management systems such as ISO 50001. He has carried out a number of projects on behalf of the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI).
He regularly carries out audits and risk assessments for client companies. He has also qualified as a dangerous goods safety adviser.

Finbarr has assisted a number of companies in making successful applications to the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) for an IPPC (Integrated Pollution Prevention & Control) licence and has also carried out Environmental Impact Assessments for a number of companies.

Finbarr also holds an NUI Certificate in Training and Continuing Education. He is the lead tutor for the Nebosh International Certificate and Diploma courses.


Nick Smyth

Nick Smyth graduated from the University of Limerick in 1981 with a BSc in Manufacturing Technology having taken the Materials Engineering specialisation. He has worked as a Technical, Q.A./Materials Engineering and E.H.S. professional for 24 years, which included management roles in Intel Ireland, Johnson and Johnson, DeBeers Industrial Diamond, SPS International, Abbott Ireland and Fulflex International. He holds qualifications in Quality Assurance/Management, Lead Auditing, Safety Health and Welfare at Work, Occupational Hygiene and Environmental Management.

Nick also holds an NUI Certificate in Training and Continuing Education, and a CAE certificate in Accessible Environments and the Disability Discrimination Act.
He joined Antaris in June of 2005 and provides consultancy and SQT training services in his areas of experience and expertise.


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