the application of Directive 94/9/EC and it is the relevant national approval of the new aligned ATEX Directive is expected in After 30 June , conformity to the ATEX directive is obligatory in order to . 23 March Creation of Directive 94/9/EC (also called ATEX or ATEX A). ATEX 94/9/EC (also ATEX a) and ATEX 99/92/EC (also. ATEX ). The ATEX Directive 94/9/EC sets out the Essential Safety. Requirements for products .
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Examples include places where work activities create or release flammable gases or vapours, such as vehicle paint spraying, or in workplaces handling fine organic dusts such as grain flour or 100. It is only natural that the worldwide leading producer of air-operated, double-diaphragm pumps complies with the ATEX A directive for explosive atmospheres. Explosions can cause loss of life and serious injuries as well as significant damage. Confirming verifying overall explosion safety Before a workplace containing zoned areas comes into operation for directie first time, the employer must ensure that the overall explosion safety measures are confirmed verified as being safe.
Top Share this page. Where necessary, the entry points to areas classified into zones must be marked with a specified ‘EX’ sign.
ATEX and explosive atmospheres – Fire and explosion
Areas classified into zones must be protected from sources of ignition. Schedule 2 of DSEAR contains descriptions of the various classifications of zones for gases and vapours and for dusts. Certification ensures that the equipment or protective system is fit for its intended purpose and that adequate information is supplied with it to ensure that it can be used safely.
The directive covers a large range of equipment, potentially including equipment used on fixed offshore platforms, in petrochemical plants, mines, flour mills and other areas where a potentially explosive atmosphere may be present. Atmospheric conditions are commonly referred to as ambient temperatures and pressures. The operator is responsible for the safety of his equipment. Manufacturers who apply its provisions and affix the CE marking and the Ex marking are able to sell their equipment anywhere within the European union without any further requirements with respect to the risks covered being applied.
Identifying areas where explosive atmospheres may occur Where necessary, the entry points to areas classified into zones must be marked with a specified ‘EX’ sign. The ATEX directive is covering explosions from gases but also solid dust which, contrary to common perception, can lead to hazardous explosions .
Methane, hydrogen or coal dust are examples of possible fuels. This must be done by a person or organisation competent to consider the particular risks in the workplace, and the adequacy of the explosion control and other measures put in place.
X pumps feature a proper and specific grounding point. ATEX is the name commonly given to the two European Directives for controlling explosive atmospheres: Many workplaces may contain, or have activities that produce, explosive or potentially explosive atmospheres.
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Directjve are two categories of equipment ‘I’ for mining and ‘II’ for surface industries. Areas classified into zones 0, 1, 2 for gas-vapor-mist and 20, 21, 22 for dust must be protected from effective sources of ignition. Employers must sirective workers who work in zoned areas with appropriate clothing that does not create the risk of an electrostatic discharge igniting the explosive atmosphere, eg anti-static footwear. Please help us clarify the article.
Further information and guidance on the classification and zoning of areas where potentially explosive atmospheres may occur and direvtive selection of equipment for use in those areas: HSE Explosives website What is an explosive atmosphere?
In very broad terms, there are three preconditions for the directive to apply: The ATEX directive xirective of two EU directives describing what equipment and work space is allowed in an environment with an explosive atmosphere.
We take responsibility for not only our product, but also for the supporting documentation and compliance of necessary directives. Zone 21 — A place in which an explosive atmosphere in the form of a cloud of combustible dust in air is likely to occur in normal operation occasionally.
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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. In addition to the general requirements, the Regulations place the following specific duties on employers with workplaces where explosive atmospheres may occur. Where can explosive atmospheres be found? The European community and their safety are of utmost importance to us. Explosive atmospheres – Classification of hazardous areas zoning and selection of equipment Selection of equipment and protective systems Areas classified into zones must be protected from sources of ignition.
Some industry sectors and work activities are exempted because there is other legislation that fulfils the requirements. As of Julyorganisations in the EU must follow the directives to protect employees from explosion risk in areas with an explosive atmosphere.
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Providing anti-static clothing Employers must provide workers who work in zoned areas with appropriate clothing that does not create the risk of an electrostatic discharge igniting the explosive atmosphere, eg anti-static footwear. There are four ATEX classification to ensure that a specific piece of equipment or protective system is appropriate and can be safely used in a particular application: Zone 22 — A place in which an explosive atmosphere in the form of a cloud of combustible dust in air is atx likely to occur in normal operation but, if it does occur, will persist for a short period only.
Zone 0 and 20 are the zones with the highest risk of an explosive atmosphere being present. Explosive atmospheres in the workplace can be caused by flammable gases, mists or vapours or by combustible dusts.
Zone 2 — A place in which an explosive atmosphere consisting of a mixture with air of dangerous substances in the form of gas, vapour or mist is not likely to occur in normal operation but, if it does occur, will persist xirective a short period only. Once certified, the equipment is marked by the ‘EX’ symbol to identify it as such. Zone 0 and 20 require Category 1 marked equipment, zone 1 and 21 require Category 2 marked equipment and zone 2 and 22 require Category 3 marked equipment.
The regulations apply to all equipment intended for use in explosive atmospheres, whether electrical or mechanicalincluding protective systems. Views Read Edit View history.
In DSEAR, an explosive atmosphere is defined as a mixture of dangerous substances with air, under atmospheric conditions, in the form of gases, vapours, mist or dust in which, after ignition has occurred, combustion spreads to the entire unburned mixture. We are Europe’s leading source of pumps and pump expertise for the process directuve and we intend to maintain that position by working fluidly, and ceaselessly, to bring you the best.