Tracking And Inspecting Atex Phones

Posted by Bhavesh Joshi On Monday, February 25, 2013 0 comments

Introduction to Atex Phones

Tracking And Inspecting Atex PhonesAtex mobile phones are durable and can withstand numerous hazardous conditions, but like any other piece of technology these special phones need to be properly maintained. Proper maintenance goes beyond extending the life of the device; it is vital for any intrinsically safe equipment because of the roles each device plays in ensuring the safety of individuals exposed to hazardous environments. The Atex Guidelines states that one of the main requirements of all Atex equipment is that it is both safe and reliable. It is particularly important to regularly inspect phones because they are a piece of equipment that is taken into nearly every area and are likely to be used frequently. Regular inspections and repairs of this type of equipment are also regulated so that employees are not compromised.

While there are a number of rules and regulations regarding the maintenance of Atex equipment, Atex mobile phones do not have the same constraints as many of the computers and other equipment. One of the best ways to make sure phones are fit for use is to keep consistent tracking and inspections. Here are some basic things that can help speed up inspections and to make sure Atex mobiles continue to work as designed.

Equipment Tracking

All Atex equipment should be tracked, but mobiles can be particularly difficult since they can be used by different people. To make tracking (and inventory) easier, have basic information about each mobile recorded and verified regularly.
  • Employee assigned to the phone
  • If phones stay at the facility, record the phones as they are taken out and brought back
  • Phone number and serial number associated with each phone
  • Record of inspections
  • Time of purchase
  • Record of any upgrades or repairs
  • Record of inspections triggered by updates to the Atex Guidelines
  • Spare parts purchased for the mobile
  • Tracking of inspections for the part, particularly when Atex Guidelines change
  • Certification for the phone
  • Record of what hazard zones the phone is certified for use and which zones the phone is used in 

Types of Inspections

Introduction to Atex Phones
Inspections should be a regular part of the Atex mobile phones. Phones should have at least three types of inspections.
  • An initial inspection after purchase - This inspection makes sure that phones are safe for use, particularly if a phone used. Its certification is for the particular hazard zone in which it will be used.

  • Set periodic inspections - These inspections make sure the mobiles have not been damaged or gotten to worn for service. It can also be used as a way of making sure that all of the parts are within the Atex Guidelines. Older parts may need to be upgraded to comply with new guidance.

  • Inspection following a drop or other accident - This inspection should be done following any event that could potentially compromise the phone. If the phone dropped from a considerable height, was dropped in liquid, or was crushed, it should be inspected for damage. Not all problems may be immediately visible.


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