ATEX / DSEAR Case Study 2

Client: GKN Aerospace

GKN Aerospace


In 2017 IMS was awarded a series of contracts to facilitate GKN Aerospace Portsmouth in becoming Dangerous Substance and Explosive Atmosphere (DSEAR) 2002 Compliant. The works carried out were with regards to Hazardous Area Testing and Inspection which in turn led to ATEX Remedial works and additional ATEX Electrical Installation works.

Scope of Works

DSEAR Electrical Assessments

  • It was identified that the ATEX Electrical equipment installed at GKN was due for its periodic electrical 3 yearly inspections
  • Legacy equipment classified prior to DSEAR coming into force need to be risk assessed for suitability for ongoing use
  • Remedial actions needed to be raised for faults found during these inspections
  • An ATEX Electrical Equipment register was formed for logging and upkeep of installed equipment
  • ATEX Certificates were sourced for inclusion in the final documentation which also included the ATEX Electrical Inspection Schedules and NICEIC Hazardous Area Electrical Inspection Paperwork.

DSEAR Remedial Works

  • Due to the findings from the above Hazardous Area Classifications and ATEX Inspections, various Electrical items were replaced
  • Additionally we replaced a number of Extraction Systems for DSEAR Compliance. We partitioned off work areas to improve ventilation and reclassified the Hazardous Zones
  • We completed a number of Design and Replacement programs for Legacy equipment which could no longer continue to be used


How we do it

Our flexibility and close Project Management carried out in partnership with GKN kept critical production targets from slipping and kept down time to a minimum.

We succeeded in working around GKN’s Production requirements where it was critical to minimise the downtime of production equipment.

What we have achieved

We succeeded in getting GKN Aerospace Portsmouth compliant electrically with regards to the requirements of BSEN 60079-17 Explosive Atmospheres Electrical Inspection and Maintenance and presented them with documentation to enable them to achieve ongoing compliance and management of their ATEX Electrical Equipment.