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If your company handles materials that can cause flammable vapours or dust, the ATEX directives 95 and 137 affects you.
The ATEX Directives became law throughout the EU in July 2003.
ATEX 137 requires users to look at their work place as a whole. While manufacturers take responsibility for individual pieces of certified equipment, is up to the end user to ensure the work place is a safe environment.
ATEX 95 sets requirements for equipment and safety systems in an explosion hazardous environment. This directive not only applies to gas environments, but specifically also for dust environments.
The new legislation aims to ensure that only equipment with specific safety features are used in areas that could, potentially, contain flammable atmospheres.
According to some estimates, 50% of all industrial applications contain a hazardous area of one kind or another, ranging from small mixing applications to the largest petrochemical complex. The legislation states that, any 'work equipment', new or old, must comply with the minimum requirements of the Worker Protection Directive (ATEX 137) and be safe.