ATEX, the European directive

Standard regulations for equipment used inside hazardous areas with potentially explosive atmospheres is a core issue for the European Union. Thus, they took the lead in developing standards which became famous as ATEX directives (ATmosphèresEXplosibles). They apply to all kinds of, electrical or non-electrical equipment and safety devices as well as machines and industrial facilities located within potentially explosive atmospheres.

Since July 2003 it is mandatory to use devices which have a ATEX type approval all across Europe.

94/9/EC Directive

Harmonises legal provisions of memberstates for devices and protection systemsfor designated use in potentially explosiveareas. ATEX 95

1999/92/CE Directive

Minimum requirements for improving the health and safety protection of the worker at risk from explosive atmospheres. ATEX 137

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