Complying with ATEX standards in hazardous environments. Why does it matter?
Manufacturing facilities are no less than war zones – they have difficult workplace conditions like explosive atmosphere, flammable & toxic gasses and combustible substances. A few more hazardous than others are like Oil & Gas, Petrochemical, Chemical plants & Power plants. Such a high-risk workplace environment is safeguarded by mandatory health & safety risk assessments, certifications, safety gear, rules & regulations. It ranges from what kind of devices can be used on-site to the gear worn by the workers.
An ATEX certification for your equipment can be a gamechanger. This article tried to address the most common questions around ATEX certification.
What is an ATEX Certification?
- Directive 1999/92/EC (also called ‘ATEX 153’ or the ‘ATEX Workplace Directive’)
- Directive 2014/34/EU (also called ‘ATEX 114’ or ‘the ATEX Equipment Directive)
- Zone 0 – A place where a potentially explosive atmosphere is present continuously or for long periods.
- Zone 1 – An area in which a potentially explosive atmosphere is likely to occur occasionally.
- Zone 2 – A place where a potentially explosive atmosphere is not expected to occur usually, but if it does happen, it will persist for a short period only.