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Understanding How UK/European and US Process Industries Use Hazardous Area Classification (HAC)

A Hazardous Area Classification (HAC) study involves classifying an operating area based on the likelihood of ignition of flammable gas/vapor/combustible dust. It is a hazard and risk assessment that addresses the likelihood that an explosive atmosphere (flammable dust/air mixture) is present in a certain location and its level of persistence.

The driving force behind HAC is traditionally the need to ensure that electrical installations do not pose an ignition hazard in a plant handling flammable liquids, gases/vapours or combustible dusts.

In this webinar, we provide an overview of Hazardous Areas Classification (HAC) and information on how UK/European and US process companies use the data to create safe working environments and meet regulatory compliance.

From this joint presentation from our UK and US consultancy team you will gain an understanding of:

This webinar is best for:

  • Technical Managers
  • HSE/EHS Managers
  • Process/Technical/Safety Engineers
  • Process Hazard Analysts
  • EHS Engineers/Coordinators

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Technical Speaker – Dr Andrew Fowler, Director, Sigma-HSE

Dr Fowler received his BSc and PhD in Surface Chemistry from the University of Durham in 1984. He has sixteen years of experience as an HSE Process Safety Specialist Inspector covering field inspections, major hazards, and safety policy development. During his time at the HSE, Dr Fowler authored guidance publications and staff training manuals.

Following an accomplished career in the UK HSE, Dr Fowler gained a wealth of commercial consultancy experience. During this time, he completed multiple process safety management audits and published bespoke staff training programs.


Technical Speaker – Andrew Laflash, Sr. Process Safety Consultant, Sigma-HSE

Andrew Laflash is a highly accomplished chemical engineer with vast experience in the fields of risk management and process safety. Throughout his career, Andrew has developed advanced capabilities in a range of areas, including process hazard analysis (PHA), process safety management program auditing (PSM), management of change program development and auditing, and development of electrical classification drawings (AEC).

Andrew has leveraged his expertise to reduce process safety risks for a variety of industries, including specialty chemical, foam production, LNG production and handling, cosmetics, and aerospace. His passion for engineering and attention to detail have earned him a reputation as a trusted advisor and problem solver for his clients.

Andrew holds a BSc in Chemical Engineering and continues to be an active member of his professional community. He is committed to staying up-to-date on the latest industry trends and technologies to ensure that his clients receive the highest quality service possible.

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