What is ATEX?
ATEX stands for "ATmosphères EXplosibles," which is a European Union directive that sets the standards for equipment and protective systems intended for use in potentially explosive atmospheres. These atmospheres may result from the presence of flammable gases, vapors, mists, or combustible dusts in various industrial settings.
The ATEX directive aims to ensure the safety of workers and prevent accidents caused by explosions in environments where potentially explosive atmospheres can occur. It requires manufacturers to adhere to specific safety standards when producing equipment such as electrical and mechanical devices, protective systems, and components that will be used in these potentially hazardous areas.
Main directives within ATEX:
ATEX 2014/34/EU: This directive concerns the equipment and protective systems intended for use in potentially explosive atmospheres. It specifies the essential health and safety requirements and conformity assessment procedures that manufacturers must follow before placing products on the market.
ATEX 1999/92/EC: This directive focuses on the protection of workers who are exposed to explosive atmospheres. It outlines the obligations of employers to assess and manage the risks related to explosive atmospheres in the workplace and to implement appropriate measures to protect the safety and health of employees.
ATEX certification ensures that products and systems comply with the necessary safety requirements, reducing the risk of explosions and enhancing workplace safety in environments where explosive atmospheres may occur.