Hazardous Risk solutions has experience in achieving ATEX compliance for clients and our consultancy team consists of Process Safety Specialists who are respected within the industry for their depth of knowledge and industry experience.
Our consultants are experts in generating clear and precise Explosion Protection Documents (EPD) and Hazardous Area Classification analysis. We are committed to delivering ATEX compliance for our clients.
ATEX is an acronym of the French Atmospheriques Explosive and is the name commonly given to the two European Directives for controlling explosive atmospheres:
Directive 99/92/EC also known as ‘ATEX 153’ or the ‘ATEX Workplace Directive’ on minimum requirements for improving the health and safety protection of workers potentially at risk from explosive atmospheres. It concentrates on the end users’ responsibilities.
Directive 2014/34/EU replaces 94/9/EC also known as ‘ATEX 114’ or the ‘ATEX Equipment Directive’ on the approximation of the laws of Members States concerning equipment and protective systems intended for use in potentially explosive atmospheres. It focuses on the duties of the manufacturers.
The ATEX Directives set out some specific obligations that employers in Europe must fulfil;
These European Directives demand that the member states of the European Union bring in a common standard for safety requirements for hazardous areas.
Compliance with the ATEX Directives ensures improved safety by way of safer design, more demanding testing procedures and specific quality assurance measures for the design as well as the manufacturing process.
They require employers to protect both staff and local communities from the risk of an explosive atmosphere.