ATEX is derived from the term 'ATmosphere EXplosibles' and it is a mandatory certification for all products to be sold across Europe. ATEX consists of two European Directives that mandate the type of equipment and work conditions allowed in a hazardous environment.
The ATEX 2014/34/EC Directive, also known as ATEX 95, applies to the manufacture of all equipment and products that are used in potentially explosive environments. The ATEX 95 Directive states the basic health and safety requirements that all explosion-proof equipment(we have Explosion Proof Damper Actuator) and safety products have to meet in order to be traded in Europe.
The ATEX 99/92/EC Directive, also known as ATEX 137, is aimed at protecting the health and safety of employees who are constantly exposed to potentially explosive working environments. The directive states:
1. Basic requirements to protect the safety and health of workers
2. Classification of areas that may contain a potentially explosive atmosphere
3. Areas that contain a potentially explosive atmosphere have to be accompanied by a warning symbol