Frequent-Asked Questions Around ATEX
– What does ATEX stand for?
ATEX is the abbreviation of the French “Atmospheres Explosibles”
– Are ATEX and IECEx the same?
ATEX directives are mandatory only to countries in the European Union but also used as a basis for hazardous area safety in many other regions whereas IECEx is accepted and /or mandated in multiple countries around the world. Members of the IECEx system are in Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, the Netherlands, New Zeland, Norway, Poland, Romania, Russia, Singapore, Slovenia, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, UK, USA, UAE.
– What types of industries are affected by ATEX Directives?
Industries that handle or store flammable substances, such as oil and gas, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, and food and beverage production, can be typically subject to ATEX regulations.
– What is the difference between an ATEX directive and an ATEX standard?
The ATEX directive sets out the legal requirements for equipment and protective systems intended for use in potentially explosive atmospheres. There are no ATEX Standards. The standards that provide guidance on how to comply with the directive are the suite of explosive atmosphere EN 60079 standards.
– What kind of equipment needs to be ATEX certified?
Equipment that is used in potentially explosive atmospheres, including electrical and mechanical equipment, must be certified as ATEX compliant to ensure that it meets the Essential Health and Safety Requirements (EHSRs) mandated within Europe.
– Who is responsible for ensuring compliance with ATEX Directives?
Employers are responsible for ensuring that their workplaces are safe and comply with ATEX directives. This includes implementing the necessary safety measures and ensuring that equipment is properly certified.
– ATEX vs NEC vs IECEx?
ATEX is generally a requirement in Europe, NEC is generally for the USA, and IECEx is generally recognized internationally. The IECEx system was established in 1995. Currently, member committees from 33 countries work within the framework of this system.