ATEX Certification

If you are manufacturing products intended for use in potentially explosive atmospheres, you must provide assurance that your equipment will not cause an explosion during routine operation. Demonstrating compliance with the ATEX Directive 94/9/EC will provide that assurance. It is mandatory for these products to bear both the Distinctive Community Mark (the Ex Mark in hexagon) and CE marking before being sold in the EU. In addition, ATEX is frequently a contract specification for countries outside of Europe.

ATEX Manufacturers Directive 94/9/EC

This directive defines each of the following product groups for use in potentially explosive atmospheres:

  • Electrical and non-electrical equipment
  • Electrical and non-electrical protective systems
  • Electrical and non-electrical components
  • Electrical and non-electrical safety devices

The directive places responsibilities on the manufacturer of these products. The main responsibility of the manufacturer is to prevent the formation and ignition of explosive atmospheres. This may be achieved by using one of the well-established protection concepts (such as flameproof protection, or intrinsic safety), or by proving compliance directly against a set of 'essential health and safety requirements', which are given in the directive.

ATEX User Directive 99/92/EC

This directive is concerned with the health and safety of workers with relation to potentially explosive atmospheres. It places responsibilities on an employer. Typical responsibilities include:

  • The assessment of risks
  • Hazardous Area Classification
  • Mitigation &/or removal of risks
  • Preparation of an Explosion Protection Document
  • The provision of suitable warning signs for areas where explosive atmospheres may form

Some of the product which can be covered under the ATEX certification are:

  • Junction Boxes & Enclosures
  • Fuel Dispensers
  • Gas Detectors
  • Control Equipment
  • Motors & Engines
  • Lamps and Luminaires
  • Generators & Transformers
  • Measuring, Monitoring & Analysing Equipment
  • Terminals and P.C.Bs
  • Spray Guns
  • Flame & Spark Arrestors
  • Batteries
  • Mining Applications
  • Sensors
  • Safety Barriers
  • Alarms
  • Computers & Peripheral Equipment
  • Cameras & Visual Monitoring
  • Power Supply Units
  • Solenoid Valves and Coils
  • Cable Attachments
  • Pumps
  • Heaters & Heating Tape
  • Switches
  • Computer Peripherals
  • PPE
Certification Process

Major steps involved in the certification process is as under:

  • Preparation of technical documentation as per requirements of the ATEX directive
  • Implement the requirements of the Quality Management System as per the requirements of the ATEX Directive.
  • Ask the Certification Body to conduct an Audit
  • Close out the Gaps found during the audit, if any.
  • Issuance of Certificate by the Certification Body.
  • Maintain the system and conduct the surveillance audit.

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