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Welcome to Explolabs

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Please give us a call! +27 11 316 4601

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Explolabs presents the best available portfolio of services in the explosion protection and explosion prevention field in Southern Africa.

  • We are client focused and build on a foundation of high work ethics and technical excellence.
  • We contribute to the upliftment of society by offering training courses and technical expertise suited for all levels of technical development.
  • We strive for peer relationships and recognition on an international level.


  • Testing and certification of electrical, electronic and mechanical (diesel-driven) equipment for use in explosive atmospheres (also referred to as explosion protected equipment, Ex equipment, Ex apparatus).

Ex testing includes the following types of explosion protection and equipment:

    • Flameproof, explosion proof, Ex d
    • Intrinsic safety, intrinsically safe, Ex i (also assessment of Ex i loops known as IS loops)
    • Increased safety, Ex e
    • Encapsulated apparatus, Ex m
    • Powder-filled apparatus, Ex q
    • Oil-filled apparatus, Ex o
    • Pressurized apparatus, Ex p
    • Pressurized analyser houses, Ex p
    • Pressurized rooms and buildings, Ex p
    • Non-sparking, non-incendive, type “n”, Ex nA
    • Dust-ignition-proof, dust-ignition-protected, DIP, Ex t
    • Special protection, Ex s
    • Ingress protection, ingress protected enclosures, IP rating
    • Fuel dispensers, petrol pumps
    • Cable glands, cable connectors
    • Mining machines ac, dc, diesel

Ex certification includes:

  • IA certificates for locally manufactured products. Validity 10 years.
  • IA certificates for imported products.  Existing internationally accepted certification based on SANS and similar or identical standards (e.g. IEC standards under the IECEx Scheme and CENELEC standards under ATEX Directive, Directive 94/9/EC) will be taken into account.  Validity 3 years.
  • Certification Mark for Ex equipment (new or repaired) under the CERTEX Product certification scheme or Mark scheme.
  • Training for equipment suppliers, manufacturers and repairers, plant, factory and mine staff, engineering companies and contractors.

  • Area classification to determine applicable zones.

  • Inspecting new or in-service Ex equipment in working plants to verify safety and certification status and potential for upgrading.

  • Management system for Ex installations in hazardous areas (Explostop).

  • Consultation on quality systems and quality manuals, in-house and company standards and procedures, and in-house and company training courses.

  • One-stop testing and certification service (e.g. testing, product certification, system certification i.e. ISO 9001, 14001, 18001).

  •  Presentations , workshops and articles on a wide range of explosion prevention subjects.


Date Name  
June 2017 Induction Session at Explolabs [ go ]
January 2016 Explolabs Water Project 2016
October 2015 Explolabs Award for Expo 2015
November 2013 Johannes Auret from Explolabs as head delegate together with Theo Matsobe from SABS
October 2013 Explolabs active supporter of the young stars of the South African technical community
July 2013 Explolabs striving to go bigger
June 2013 Our facility is now wheelchair friendly


Date Name Author/s  
February 2018 Affordable safety -
A case study for Ex motors
Johannes Auret Affordable Safety
March 2016 Technical Interpretation Issue Clause 11.6 SANS 60079-1 Technical Interpretation Issue
June 2015 Fundamentals of Area Classification Studies Jaco Venter:
Technical Consultant, Explolabs
Fundamentals of Area Classification Studies
February 2015 Explosive environments: fundamentals of area classification Johannes Auret,
Vector, January 2014
October 2013 Explolabs will soon present a one day Course regarding the new ARP 0108 requirements Johannes Auret,
Mining Weekly, October 4.
October 2013 QA ARP 0108 Certification of Explosion Protected Equipment Johannes Auret, EngineerIT
November 2012 Repair of Equipment for use in Explosive
Atmospheres (EEA)
Johannes Auret
December 2012 Hazardous Locations: Electrical Safety Johannes Auret