Explosive atmospheres occur when flammable gases, mist, vapors or dust are mixed with air. This creates a risk of explosion. The amount of a substance needed to create an explosive atmosphere depends on the substance in question. The area where this possibility exists is defined as a potentially explosive atmosphere.
These atmospheres can be found throughout industries, from chemical, pharmaceutical, food, to power, and wood processing. The areas may also be known as “hazardous areas” or “hazardous locations.”
What is the ATEX Directive 2014/34/EU?
ATEX directive -equipment and protective systems intended for use in potentially explosive atmospheres.
The ATEX directive 2014/34/EU is a European Directive and falls withing the scope of CE Marking. It applies to mechanical and electrical equipment to be used in potentially explosive atmospheres.
If flammable materials exist in working environment, the owner of the facility is obliged by law to conduct explosion risk assessment and document all related findings in appropriate and prescribed form.
See more at Guide for Explosion protection 2023