With so much complexity and confusion around ATEX certification, it is easy to get stuck in the formalities while overlooking the fundamentals.
But what is an ATEX certificate, you may ask. So in simple terms, ATEX certification is required for all products that contain flammable liquids and gases, mists or vapours, or combustible dust.
According to the law in the European Union, all the equipment with a potential ignition source, be it electrical or mechanical, need to meet ATEX requirements for the health and safety purpose.
If you are a UK-based business and want to know all about ATEX Certification, this blog post is definitely for you.
Here is a list of common questions you may have about ATEX –
→ What Is ATEX Certification?
To put it simply, ATEX Certification is a product regulation ensuring the safety of the equipment. These products are used in potentially explosive atmospheres.
ATEX certification improves safety and protects workers from explosive risk.
Such products and environments are found in petrochemical industries, underground mining and food production industries.
→ What Is ATEX Approval?
ATEX certification makes sure that equipment is tested and approved to be intrinsically safe.
There are 2 European Directives for the control of explosive atmospheres –
- ATEX Workplace Directive” or “ATEX 153”, also known as Directive 1999/92/EC
- ATEX Equipment Directive or “ATEX 114”, also known as Directive 2014/34/EU
ATEX approved equipment is safe to use in hazardous atmospheres and they have the official “Ex” logo as proof of certification. If an electrical device doesn’t have ATEX approval, it should not be used on explosive atmospheres.
Organizations in Europe need to follow directives to help protect employees from explosion risks in areas with an explosive atmosphere.
→ What Businesses Need To Know About ATEX?
If you are a product manufacturer, it is important to be familiar with the relevant standards of ATEX that support you in avoiding any failures when it comes to testing later in the process.
It is important to have an “Ex” Logo to sell your product anywhere in Europe without any further concerns about potential risks.
→ What Is a Correlation Between EN 60079 and ATEX Certification?
The EN 60079 is a series of standards to test electrical equipment and assemblies that pose an ignition risk in explosive atmospheres. Each standard relates to a specific protection concept.
→ What Are The Protection Concepts?
The protection concepts are methods and approaches that are used by manufacturers to minimise the likelihood of explosive risks.
→ What Are ATEX Zones?
In simple terms, ATEX Zones are dangerous areas classified based on environments and different levels of danger. The protection concepts and ATEX Zones must match the current market standards.
→ Do All Equipment and Material In ATEX Zones Need to be ATEX Certified?
ATEX certification requirements depend on the category of equipment and its intended use in a particular zone. If a product itself cannot cause a spark or discharge, it cannot be considered a risk. So, in short, if a product has no ignition source, it cannot be ATEX certified.
→ Do I Need To Certify Non-Electrical Equipment For Use In Explosive Atmosphere? If Yes, How?
If non-electrical equipment poses an ignition risk, it needs to be certified with ATEX Directives.
This equipment includes a motor, gear, units, air-powered drills, turbine assemblies, valves and rollers.
All these non-ignition equipment refer to standard EN 80079-36:2016 and EN 80079-37:2016.
It is advisable to design non-electrical products aligning with the standards that avoid serious difficulties.
→ How to Certify an ATEX Product That You Have Not Manufactured?
If you have not manufactured a product, it is important to know if the product material has been altered in the design process. Moreover, you may need to perform an amount of additional testing. Generally, certifying a product bought from another manufacturer/company or country is quite difficult if you don’t have a close working relationship with them.
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