ATEX Assessment and Engineering
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The ATEX directive consists of two EU directives describing what equipment and work environment is allowed in an environment with an explosive atmosphere. ATEX derives its name from the French title of the 94/9/EC directive: Appareils destinés à être utilisés en ATmosphères EXplosibles.
ATEX generally refers to the hazard of explosive atmospheres occurring in the workplace due to the presence of flammable gasses or combustible dust mixed in air, which can give rise to the risk of explosion.
The Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations 2002 (DSEAR) place duties on employers to eliminate or control the risks from explosive atmospheres in the workplace.
The Regulations apply at most workplaces where flammable substances are stored or used, for example, factories where flammable liquids are present or where flammable dusts are produced in the process.
Examples are chemical processing, spraying of paint and varnishes, LPG storage and filling, milk drying, flour production.
How will AFEC protect ensure ATEX compliance?
- Carry out an ATEX assessment of any work activities involving flammable substances.
- Record the findings of the risk assessment in a document called the Explosion Protection Document.
- Provide technical or organisational measures so as to reduce the risk of explosions (as set out in Schedule 2 of the Regulations)
- Provide training to workers who work in places where explosive atmospheres may occur.
- Classify places (according to Schedule 1 of the Regulations) where explosive atmosphere may occur into zones and mark the zones where necessary.
- Select and provide suitable equipment for use in the zones.
- Equipment will be CE marked and in compliance with S.I. 83 of 1999 (the ATEX PRODUCT Regulations).