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Explosions are a constant threat for an industry dealing with volatile compounds. Here, the RSBP’s CTO, Tomas Wyka discusses the importance of safety standards


POWTECH WORLD MAGAZINE: There are plenty of safety standards, rules, regulations, and directives for explosion protection that apply both in the EU and worldwide. In your opinion, is the legislation clear enough for explosion venting protection? TOMAS WYKA: Many standards need to be changed and improved. A typical example is the flameless explosion venting device specified in the European standard EN 16 009, which specifies requirements for the construction, testing, verification, and use of these devices. On the market, we can also spot equipment that appears to be a flameless venting device but is certified, for example, according to EN 14797. You have to realize that if we are talking about a device for flameless explosion venting, we can’t confuse it with equipment certified according to EN 14797, which purpose is for ordinary explosion relief. It does not work as a device that reduces a flame or temperature. Venting devices certified this way are unreliable and cannot provide the required safety. Therefore, the EN16009 standard must abide for proper testing and the following use.


PWM: In what way do you think should be the standards specifying flameless devices improved to ensure a higher level of these regulations? TW: At RSBP, we have been conducting our research


in this area for a long time. We have a team of people who specialize exclusively in this issue. We have carried out hundreds of explosion tests with a wide range of types of combustible dust that we can encounter in the industry. We have verified the results of our research in several worldwide independent testing laboratories. Through this intensive research, we have concluded that standard EN16009 is, according to us benevolent, I dare say that there is a lack


of a precise testing


methodology and absence of clearly defined rules for subsequent application.


PWM: What are you doing to modify these standards? TW: The aim is to thoroughly examine the whole issue


and incorporate the findings into the new wording of the norm. I am currently leading a working group AHG EN 16009 that aims to amend this regulation. These standards set the level of safety in the workplace, so it is necessary to take them very seriously. Therefore, we deal with this issue in detail. We want to eliminate as many shortcomings as possible in the new version of the norm. Everyone has only one life, and our job is to ensure that everyone has the best kind of protection at their disposal.


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