EXPLOSION-PROOF PROCESSES ACCORDING TO ATEXSend request
Eurozone Directive 1999/92/EC “Explosion protection in the workplace” (ATEX 137) is a set of minimum requirements to protect the personnel of any company from the risks of explosive atmospheres. Today, the ATEX 137 procedure (ATEX-zoning) is the starting point in the fight against losses that can occur as a result of an explosion in the workplace. These losses are usually catastrophic and already irreparable. Numerous enterprises have ceased to exist after explosions at their facilities due to the loss of 80% of their production capacity, personnel, and litigation with creditors.
The scale of potential economic and social consequences of explosive atmospheres has been well understood abroad. Therefore, ATEX 137 is not so much a regulatory document as a guide for businesses to avoid disaster. Given that non-governmental organizations and scientific institutes were involved in the drafting of directive 1999/92/EC (ATEX 137), this document has a coherent and effective set of solutions for managing explosion risks.
This directive is binding in all European Union countries. It obliges employers to create a controlled environment in their companies to prevent explosions in explosive atmospheres.
To this end ATEX obliges companies to analyze the possible risks of explosive atmospheres, assess their levels of exposure and take measures to minimize the consequences of explosions.
In line with the ATEX directive, every company is required to have an Explosion Safety Document. Before compiling the document it is necessary to analyze the existing UEL and LEL explosive hazards, to carry out an ATEX-zoning of the company premises and to develop comprehensive measures to prevent the expansion of hazardous areas.
In addition, process explosion safety documentation should include the following:
- locations where there is a risk of explosion (hazardous area classification, ATEX zoning);
- measures taken to avoid an explosion or to protect against its effects;
- what working equipment has been selected for use in hazardous locations and how it has been selected
- what organizational measures are required;
- risk assessment, including the safety measures to be used;
- classification of areas and specification of resultant areas;
- a description of the training procedures;
- description of measures for reliable maintenance.
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