ATEX 114

ATEX 2014/34/EU Compliance: Safety Without Compromise

Certification Experts guides you through specific compliance procedures of the ATEX 114 according to the ATEX 2014/34/EU directive. With over 25 years of experience, our team of experts can determine the relevant category and the corresponding procedure, and prepare a risk assessment and support with creating a technical dossier, and drafting an ATEX declaration of conformity.

ATEX 114

ATEX Directive 114

In order to market specific products, it’s imperative that they fully comply with the ATEX 114 Directive. ATEX 114 falls under the umbrella of European directives, which establish stringent safety standards for both workplaces and equipment utilized in environments with explosive atmospheres. The ATEX Directive, 2014/34/EU ATEX, also known as the ‘Atmosphères explosibles’ product (ATEX) directive, serves as the primary framework for achieving compliance in this regard. It places specific and critical responsibilities on individuals who place products on the market or put them into service.

Challenges of obtaining ATEX

Achieving compliance with ATEX 114, ATEX 2014/34/EU, can indeed be a complex endeavour. To navigate this procedure efficiently, it’s crucial to determine the specific category that is pertinent to your product’s entry into the market. Throughout this process, it’s essential to factor in both the time required and a deep understanding of the regulatory requirements. These considerations are indispensable for successfully guiding your product through the compliance procedure of the ATEX 114.

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Certification Experts provides support in the ATEX 114, ATEX 2014/34/EU, process by determining the relevant category and the corresponding procedure, preparing a risk assessment, creating a technical file, and drafting the format of the EU declaration of conformity. As your compliance partner, we will ease this lengthy and complicated process.

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What is the ATEX 114 directive?

“ATEX” stands for “Atmosphères Explosibles” and is derived from the French phrase for explosive atmospheres. Previously known as ATEX 95, the ATEX 114 Directive specifies what equipment and products that are used in potentially explosive atmospheres must comply with. It is an European Directive (ATEX Directive 2014/34/EU) and is laid down in the Commodities Act Decree Explosion-proof equipment. Here you can find the official ATEX 2014 34 eu pdf.

The directive applies to the manufacture of installations and products and is important for the legal entity that places the products on the market, for example manufacturers or importers. The directive may also apply to employers who build, modify, or expand equipment or installations in companies.

The primary objectives of the ATEX 114 Directive are to:

  • Ensure that equipment used in explosive atmospheres does not pose a risk to safety and health.
  • Facilitate the free movement of equipment within the European Union by establishing common technical requirements and standards.
  • Promote a consistent approach to safety in potentially explosive environments.

The directive categorises equipment into different groups and categories based on their intended use and the level of risk in the explosive atmosphere. The manufacturer must ensure that the equipment complies with the relevant requirements and follows the appropriate conformity assessment procedures. In some cases, the involvement of a notified body may be required to assess the equipment’s conformity.

Understanding ATEX 114 Categories

ATEX 114, Directive 2014/34/EU, classifies equipment into different categories based on their potential risk in potentially explosive atmospheres. These categories help determine the applicable conformity assessment procedures. There are three categories for equipment:

The categorisation of equipment is essential for determining the level of protection and the conformity assessment process required to ensure that the equipment is safe for use in potentially explosive atmospheres. Manufacturers must correctly classify their equipment to comply with ATEX 114, ATEX 2014/34/EU, and ensure its safety in these environments.

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Scope of the ATEX Directive 2014/34/EU

The ATEX 2014/34/EU applies to a wide range of equipment and protective systems intended for use in areas with potentially explosive atmospheres, including both electrical and mechanical equipment. Key points about its scope:

  • Equipment Coverage: It encompasses electrical and mechanical equipment as well as protective systems designed to prevent the spread of explosions.
  • Associated Equipment: The directive also covers associated equipment used outside the hazardous area that contributes to safety within it.
  • Explosive Atmosphere Definition: An explosive atmosphere is defined as a mixture of flammable substances (gases, vapors, mists, or dusts) with air, under atmospheric conditions, where combustion spreads after ignition.
  • Atmospheric Conditions: The directive suggests specific temperature and pressure ranges (20°C to 80°C and 0.8 bar to 1.1 bar) for product design and use considerations.
  • Exclusions: The ATEX Directive excludes certain environments, such as those without equipment. It also excludes specific product categories, such as medical devices and personal protective equipment, when applying ATEX requirements would conflict with other directives.

In essence, the ATEX Directive is aimed at ensuring the safety of equipment and systems used in potentially explosive atmospheres while excluding areas without equipment and specific product categories where its application could create conflicts with other directives.

Challenges with ATEX 114

Manufacturers face several challenges in ensuring compliance with the ATEX 114 Directive. ATEX 114 compliance can be complex and therefore may require specialised knowledge. Some of the key challenges include:

  • Complex Regulations: ATEX 114 has detailed and complex regulations, making it challenging for manufacturers to fully understand and interpret all the requirements correctly.
  • Categorisation: Determining the correct equipment group and category can be complicated, as it depends on the intended use and the specific risks associated with the equipment.
  • Essential health and safety requirements: The ATEX 2014/34/EU specifies essential health and safety requirements for equipment design and construction, which manufacturers must adhere to when drafting Declarations of Conformity.
  • Conformity Assessment: Manufacturers must select the appropriate conformity assessment procedure for their equipment, which may vary depending on the equipment’s type and group. Choosing the wrong procedure can lead to non-compliance.
  • Notified Bodies: In some cases, manufacturers need the involvement of notified bodies for conformity assessment. Selecting and working with the right notified body can be a challenge.
  • Technical Documentation: Creating and maintaining technical documentation that meets the essential requirements and provides sufficient evidence of compliance is a significant challenge.
  • Testing and Certification: Ensuring that equipment passes the required tests and certifications, and documenting the results can be time-consuming and costly.

What does Certification Experts offer?

Certification Experts offers comprehensive support throughout the intricate ATEX 114 compliance process for manufacturers. Our knowledgeable team ensures that equipment, not requiring the involvement of a notified body, fully complies with the essential health and safety requirements specified in the directive. We handle the initial categorisation and procedure determination, providing assistance in preparing a risk assessment, crafting a technical dossier, and creating an ATEX declaration of conformity. Opting for us as your compliance partner translates to valuable time and resource savings, reduced non-compliance risks, and enhanced confidence in your equipment’s safety and market readiness.

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