General Information about the Atex Directive


ATEX stands for the French term ATmosphères EXplosibles and is used as a synonym for two European directives in the field of explosion under atmospheric conditions. Organizations in the EU with risks of explosive gases must comply with the ATEX 137 directive. Another directive is the ATEX 95 directive (Directive 94/9 / EC), this directive is especially for equipment that is used in explosive atmospheres.

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– Regulations for products

Equipment and protective systems intended for use in potentially explosive atmospheres must comply with the ATEX 95 directive (94/9 / EC). This Directive aims to promote the free movement of goods between Member States, regulates the CE-marking products in this category and to ensure safe operations of the devices.

ATEX 137 – Health and Safety Regulations

Employers are required, under the Health and Safety Act, to protect workers against explosion hazards by taking technical (or organization) measures to prevent explosions.. The rules and obligations associated with a risk of explosion are given in the European Directive 1999/92 / EC (also known as ATEX 137).

Risks to workers should be written down by organizations, in an explosion protection document, which includes:

– A detailed risk analysis;

– A hazard classification;

– Appropriate technical measures;

– Training and information for workers.

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