Hazardous Location Testing

Product Safety Consulting helps certify products for compliance with the National Electrical Code (NEC) in the U.S., the Canadian Electrical Code (CEC) in Canada, and with IECEX, the European Union’s ATEX Directive. Some of the standards we test to include those of CENELEC, IEC, ANSI, CEN, UL, CSA, MIL specs and FM. We can also get you the Ex Mark and the CE Mark to show compliance with European Union requirements for Explosive Atmosphere regulations.

Key Points:

  • Know what you need – Explosion proof or Intrinsic Safety? Class I, Div I, or Class I, Div II? Zone 1 or Zone 2?
  • Explosion Proof – keep the hazard contained
  • Intrinsic Safety – don’t let the hazard happen
  • Global Certification schemes – NRTL, ATEX, IECEx

Services – We have the experience:

  • Designing for Safety Approvals – DFSA™ – Get us involved early and we help build the requirements into the design
  • Design Reviews
  • Construction Evaluation
  • Testing – on site or in our laboratory
  • Submittal Management

 

No matter where your product is in its lifecycle, PSC is prepared to help. In every case, we are committed to getting you through the entire certification in the least time and for the least expense.

Preliminary Design Review – We evaluate drawings, schematics, and/or a product’s construction for the purpose of compliance with established standards and assist in finalizing the design.

Construction Evaluation – If you already have a prototype, or have a product that has not yet been evaluated to the standard you need, we conduct a thorough examination of a product’s construction by going through the relevant standard(s) clause-by-clause.

Testing Capabilities – We are fully qualified to conduct a wide range of testing necessary for most US and European standards. If we do not have equipment on site to perform a specific test, we can arrange the procurement of the necessary equipment on a rental or lease basis. All testing is done on NIST-calibrated equipment and in appropriately controlled environments.

Submittal Management – We offer complete project management of the submittal of a product to the NRTL, from submittal until certification is issued. We will work to resolve any and all issues that arise as part of this process.

Field Evaluations – If your product is already installed in the field, we can evaluate and test it in order to provide certification for a specific instance of installation, rather than certification for the entire production of a product, for compliance to the applicable requirements of the National Electric Code (NEC) and the relevant local Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ). If the product(s) is (are) in compliance, we will confirm with the inspector and issue a report. Depending on which NRTL is being used for certification, we can even apply a label to the product upon completion of our evaluation.