Reinforces Commitment to Help Clients Across Asia with Workplace Safety
Bangalore, March 10, 2015 — CSA Group, a leading standards development organization and a global provider of testing and certification services, announced today that it has issued a C-US HAZLOC certification to FCG Flameproof Control Gears Pvt Ltd, a leading manufacturer of explosion-protected equipment in India. This is the first HAZLOC certification issued through CSA Group’s recently set-up, highly specialized testing and certification laboratory in India.
Hazardous locations (HAZLOC) refer to places where flammable gas, vapour or mist hazards may arise or where explosive dust atmospheres and combustible dust layers are present. Equipment used in such areas must be designed to prevent the generation of sparks, flames, electric arcs, high surface temperatures, acoustic energy, optical radiation and electromagnetic waves that may ignite explosive atmospheres.
FCG Flameproof Control Gears Pvt Ltd has also been certified to IECEx certification and issued IECEx Test Reports (ExTR) for compliance; a mandatory requirement under International Electro-technical Commission Explosive Scheme (IECEx) for electrical equipment used in hazardous locations around the world. Additionally, FCG Control Gears has also been issued an EC Type Examination certificate (by CSA Group Testing UK) for ATEX, a mandatory requirement under ATEX directive 94/9/EC for hazardous locations products used in the European Union market.
Commenting on the certification, Saibal Mukhopadhaya, CSA Group Country Manager, India, stated, “This is a momentous occasion for our Bangalore laboratory. This is the first HAZLOC certification issued through our new facility in India. Today, the energy, and oil and gas sectors in India are witnessing rapid growth, and Indian Hazardous Locations equipment manufacturers are increasingly looking at exporting products to international markets. There is an increasing need for testing and certification services in this growing industry. FCG Control Gear is a long standing customer and we are very pleased to help them gain access to global markets and provide testing and certification services to safety and performance requirements for their products. ”
CSA Group also provides testing service under the ATEX Directive Certification, also known as European Directive 94/9/EC, which ensures the free movement of goods throughout the European Union by harmonizing compliance procedures.
“The C-US and IECEx/ATEX certifications from CSA Group is a significant achievement for us at FCG Flameproof Control Gears Pvt Ltd,” said, Mr. Navin Patel, Chairman and Director of FCG Flameproof Control Gears Pvt Ltd. “Today, HAZLOC certifications are becoming vital as there is a growing concern about industries operating in a hazardous environments and the potential impact of an accident on public safety. At FCG, we believe in providing our customers with products that meet the highest standards of safety, reliability and performance, and third party hazardous locations services, like those offered by CSA Group, help us in ensuring that our equipment and personnel have met the necessary hazardous locations requirements for safety.”
CSA Group has been at the forefront in developing hazardous locations solutions globally. With highly skilled personnel and state-of-art facilities, CSA Group offers professional, flexible, scalable one-stop testing and certification solutions and complete training services in Asia, North America and the European Union.
In a recently concluded seminar in India, CSA Group further strengthened its commitment to help Asian customers by providing local offerings with faster and more efficient services, to help shorten time-to-market and lower costs. CSA Group currently offers HAZLOC testing and certification services in China, Taiwan, and India and plans to expand its presence throughout Asia including Japan, Korea, and Singapore. As part of the planned expansion, CSA Group will also launch a complete Hazardous Locations program in 2015 to raise risk-control awareness. The program will address new Hazardous Locations standards that organizations will be required to meet, as well as the testing and certification solutions that CSA Group will help organizations to prove them meet these standards.