Simtars welcomes visiting Japanese delegation

Simtars recently welcomed delegates from Japan’s national institutes to their Redbank campus.

Representatives from Japan’s National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, and JGC Corporation (Oil and Gas Projects) were here to understand how IECEx* certified equipment from overseas is managed in Queensland.

IECEx is an international certification scheme that outlines standards required for equipment suitable to use in explosive atmospheres (such as underground coal mines).

Discussions were centred around how the international certification (IECEx) scheme integrates with the national certification scheme (ANZEx). Australia and New Zealand standards are used for specific products such as mining plugs and receptacles, bolted couplers and fuel dispensers where an IEC equivalent standard does not currently exist.

It was also an opportunity for the Japanese delegation to visit the Simtars mine emergency mobile gas laboratory.

*International Electrotechnical Commission System for Certification to Standards Relating to Equipment for Use in Explosive Atmospheres.

Japanese delegation to SIMTARS

Japanese delegation to SIMTARS in front of SIMTARS truck