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Why is ATEX Vital?

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 7 JANUARY 2022

What is ATEX?

ATEX (ATmospheres EXplosibles) is a name given to two EU directives that describes what equipment and workspace is allowed in an environment with a potentially explosive atmosphere.

The Equipment and Protective Systems Directive is aimed at the manufactures of equipment intended for use in potentially explosive atmospheres, 94/9/EC (also known as Article 95 Directive). The Workers Potentially at Risk Directives aimed at personnel safety where sites embrace hazardous areas, 1999/92/EC (also known as the Article 137 Directive) came into force in June 2003.

These regulations apply to all equipment used in explosive or potentially explosive atmospheres. As your manufactures of dust extraction filters, we make sure that our BlueClean units comply with Article 95 in the ATEX directives.

What is an explosive atmosphere?

An explosive atmosphere is caused when flammable gases, vapours, or combustible dust is mixed with oxygen in the air is under the right atmospheric conditions. For an explosion in these atmospheres, all that is needed is a source of ignition. According to DSEAR (Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations), the right atmosphere conditions rely on the temperature being between -20 and 40 centigrade and the pressure for 0.8 to 1.1 bar.

The employer must ensure that safety measures are confirmed as being safe for explosive atmospheres as well as considering the particular risks in the workplace and the adequacy of the explosion control.

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