What is ATEX Approval?

Directive 2014/34 / EC applies to the manufacture of potentially used products in explosive environments. As a result, the manufacturer is fully responsible for ensuring that any product in this category complies with the Directive. The ATEX Directive applies to all electrical and mechanical equipment and protective systems in potentially explosive atmospheres.

It also includes safety devices, control devices and regulating devices which are intended to be used outside of potentially explosive environments but which need or contribute to the safe operation of equipment and protective systems for explosion risks.

Equipment and protective systems entering the 2014/34 / EC Directive may only be placed on the market with an EC declaration of conformity, confirming that the appropriate health conditions they accompany when carrying the CE marking have been fulfilled and applicable. 

The ATEX Directive regulates explosion protection in mining and industry and applies all products used in potentially explosive atmospheres (products = equipment and protective systems, safety, control and regulation systems, and all components found in equipment and protective systems). Based on Article 95 of the EC Treaty, the compliance requirements and procedures (conformity assessment procedures) vary with the risk to the product.

In addition to the ATEX Safety Directive 2014/34 / EC, the European Commission has issued an additional Directive (ATEX 137) to protect the health and safety of employees who may be endangered by explosive atmospheres. The ATEX 137 Directive includes:

  • Definition of minimum requirements to protect the health and safety of employees.
  • Classification of areas in areas where a potentially explosive atmosphere can occur.
  • A warning symbol indicating areas where a potentially explosive atmosphere may occur.

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