An independent review of hazardous area management processes, facilities and installations.

What is a hazardous area audit?

hazardous-area-audit2A hazardous area audit is an essential service for any business that handles flammable materials. It is a review of the:

    • Facilities and installations
    • Management systems and associated policies
    • Processes and procedures

EX-Consulting's hazardous area audits are designed to help businesses of all sizes clearly understand their current position and what they need to address to operate safely and legally within potentially explosive atmospheres.

If the hazardous area audit shows full compliance, the customer is provided with a certificate of endorsement from EX-Consulting.

Results and recommendations

Where gaps exist, clear recommendations are provided on how to:

  • achieve full legal compliance
  • effectively manage the fire and explosion risks associated with the use of dangerous substances

When to use hazardous area audits

Hazardous area audits are usually needed in support of:

  • New builds
  • Facilities subject to significant modification OR
  • Existing sites with an uncertain legal compliance status OR
  • Where needs dictate review or monitoring of processes and procedures

Regulations and standards

hazardous-area-audit3Audits are undertaken according to recognised European and international standards with a view to achieve compliance with local regulations such as:

  • UK - DSEAR
  • Europe - ATEX
  • International best practice


Price is dependent on the size and complexity of the process and facilities to be audited. It is a cost effective approach to obtain an independent view of your company's level of risk and legal compliance status. Please contact one of our hazardous area consulting team to discuss further.

This is a flexible service that is designed to offer the best available advice working independently or as an extension of our customers’ team.

Experience across many industries

Our Consultants have extensive, practical and professional experience in a wide range of industries including, Petrochemical, Power, Pharmaceutical, Chemical Processing and Manufacture, Water, Waste, Aerospace and Cosmetics, amongst many others.

Complementary Services

  • Risk Assessments
  • Area Classification
  • Equipment Inspection
  • Hazardous Area Project Support
  • Explosion Safety Verification Support
  • Technical Advice