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Codes & Standards

Codes, Standards and Certifications for Hazardous-Area Fire and Gas Safety Products and Systems

Det-Tronics products, used in hazardous areas and often in extreme environments, typically must comply with multiple sets of requirements, including regulations or directives, codes, standards and product certifications. A good place to start is by defining some key terms and the relationship between these different requirement types.

  • Regulation /Directive: High-level law created by government authority.
  • Code: A set of recommended practices developed through an industry consensus process (International Standards).
  • Certifier: An agency with proven competency through an accreditation process that provides product audit and certification services.
  • Accreditation Body: A government appointed agency that issues product certifiers an accreditation certificate based on demonstrated competency to standards.
  • Standard: An agreed-upon best practice for an industry (International Standards).
  • Certification: A certifier's declaration of product conformance to a set of standards.

For more information on commonly used codes and standards, visit the following websites:

Regulations/Directives

Title 46 - Code of Federal Regulations

Title 46 is the portion of the Code of Federal Regulations that governs shipping within the United States for the United States Coast Guard, the United States Maritime Administration, and the United States Maritime Commission.

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ATEX - Equipment for explosive atmospheres

The ATEX Directive 2014/34/EU covers equipment and protective systems intended for use in potentially explosive atmospheres. The directive defines the essential health and safety requirements and conformity assessment procedures, to be applied before products are placed on the EU market.

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Accreditation

ANSI

American National Standards Institute (ANSI) empowers members and constituents to strengthen the U.S. marketplace position in the global economy while helping to assure the safety and health of consumers and the protection of the environment.

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INMETRO

The National Institute of Metrology, Quality, and Technology (Inmetro) supports Brazilian enterprises, to increase their productivity and the quality of goods and services.

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Accreditation

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

The U.S. Congress created OSHA to assure safe and healthful working conditions for working men and women by setting and enforcing standards and by providing training, outreach, education, and assistance.

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United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS)

UKAS is the UK’s National Accreditation Body, responsible for determining, in the public interest, the technical competence and integrity of organizations such as those offering testing, calibration and certification services.

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CEMark

Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC)

The electromagnetic compatibility(EMC) Directive 2014/30/EU ensures that electrical and electronic equipment does not generate, or is not affected by, electromagnetic disturbance.

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Low Voltage Directive (LVD)

The Low Voltage Directive ensures that electrical equipment within certain voltage limits provides a high level of protection for European citizens, and benefits fully from the Single Market.

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Construction Products Regulation (CPR)

The CPR provides a common technical language to assess the performance of construction products. It ensures that reliable information is available to professionals, public authorities, and consumers, so they can compare the performance of products from different manufacturers in different countries.

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Marine Equipment Directive (MarED)

MarED is the coordination group for the Notified Bodies assigned by the Member States to carry out the conformity assessment procedures referred to in the Marine Equipment Directive 2014/90/EU.

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RoHS - Restriction of Hazardous Substances

RoHS impacts the entire electronics industry and many electrical products as well. The original RoHS, also known as Directive 2002/95/EC, restricts the use of six hazardous materials found in electrical and electronic products.

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Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE)

The WEEE Directive set collection, recycling and recovery targets for all types of electrical goods. The directive imposes the responsibility for the disposal of waste electrical and electronic equipment on the manufacturers or distributors of such equipment

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Codes

NFPA 70 National Electrical Code

Adopted in all 50 U.S. states, the National Electrical Code is the benchmark for safe electrical design, installation, and inspection to protect people and property from electrical hazards.

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NFPA 72 National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code

NFPA 72 provides the latest safety provisions to meet society's changing fire detection, signaling, and emergency communications demands. In addition to the core focus on fire alarm systems, the Code includes requirements for mass notification systems used for weather emergencies; terrorist events; biological, chemical, and nuclear emergencies; and other threats.

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CSA C22.1 - Canadian Electrical Code

The Canadian Electrical Code, Part I is adopted across Canada as regulation for the installation and maintenance of electrical equipment. It is integrated with CSA electrical equipment standards (collectively known as the Canadian Electrical Code, Part II) to ensure that electrical products evaluated in accordance with the applicable Part II standard are suitable for installation in accordance with the Rules of Part I.

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Products

FM Global

FM Global is an American mutual insurance company that specializes in loss prevention services primarily to large corporations throughout the world in the Highly Protected Risk (HPR) property insurance market sector.

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CSA Group

CSA Group works with regulators, consumers, manufacturers, and the electrical industry to develop standards that improve the safety and reliability of the electrical system as well as electrical products for consumers and businesses.

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UL

UL works to help customers, purchasers, and policymakers navigate market risk and complexity. UL also builds trust in the safety, security, and sustainability of products, organizations, and supply chains – enabling smarter choices and better lives.

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DNV-GL

DNV-GL is the leading provider of risk management and quality assurance services to the maritime, oil and gas, and power and renewables industries.

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exida

exida offers services, tools, and training to help organizations meet regulatory requirements, achieve safe operations, and deliver results. They work closely with customers to achieve high-impact, cost-effective solutions for their Functional Safety, Alarm Management, and IACS Cybersecurity challenges.

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BRE Global (Building Research Establishment)

BRE Global is an independent, international certification body, offering certification of fire, security and environmental products and services, management processes and other products and systems.

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US Coast Guard

The United States Coast Guard is the coastal defense and maritime law enforcement branch of the United States Armed Forces and one of the country's seven uniformed services.

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