What Is ATEX?
What Is ATEX?
The ATEX (Atmosphères Explosibles) directive is a harmonised European directive which deals with equipment and protective systems intended for use in potentially explosive atmospheres. The directive is formed primarily of two directives, the first one which is 99/92/EC, also known as ATEX137 or the ATEX Workplace Directive. This directive primarily aims to improve the health and safety protection of workers potentially at risk from explosive atmospheres. More commonly referred to as the "use" directive, it is a directive which details that employers must classify hazardous areas where explosive atmospheres may occur. The classification given to a particular zone, and its size and location, depends on the likelihood of an explosive atmosphere occurring and its level of persistence when it does.
The second directive which is 94/9/EC is also known as ATEX95 or the Equipment Directive. This directive deals with the equipment and protective systems which are intended for use in potentially explosive atmospheres.
It is this directive which is important to Airflow when providing compliant systems to our clients as all equipment supplied must comply with 94/9/EC. Even though 94/9/EC is still in force, it has recently changed and has been replaced with a new directive, 2014/34/EU and from 19th April 2016 this directive will replace 94/9/EC.