Manufacturers of mechanical and electrical tools, as well as protective systems, intended for safe operation in and around potentially explosive atmospheres and who wish to place their products on the marketplace within the European Union require complying with the ATEX Directive.
The ATEX Directive need tools and protective systems intended for explosive atmospheres to be designed and manufactured to minimize the occurrence and limit the severity of accidental explosion.
The Directive applies to electrical and/or mechanical tools used on the surface, below the ground and on fixed offshore installations. In particular, the Directive covers:
- All tools intended for use in potentially explosive atmospheres and which are able of causing an explosion through their own potential sources of ignition.
- Protecting systems intended for use in potentially explosive environment. Protective systems are defined as units which are intended to halt incipient explosions instantly and/or to limit the efficient range of explosion flames and explosion forces
- Components, which are definite as any item essential to the safe functioning of tools and protecting systems but with no autonomous function.
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