The ATEX directive consists of two European Union directives which detail what equipment and work environment is allowed in environments with explosive atmospheres. The acronym ATEX derives from French name of the directives: ATmosphères EXplosives.
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The first ATEX directive (ATEX 95) applies to the designing or manufacturing of equipment to be used in potentially explosive atmospheres. In order to sell such equipment within the European Economic Area, manufacturers must prove products meet the requirements of this directive.
The second ATEX directive (ATEX 137) sets the minimum requirements for improving the safety and health protection of workers who work in plants potentially endangered by explosive atmospheres. ATEX 137 attempts to prevent the formation of explosive atmospheres where possible, reduce the risk of ignition of the atmosphere should it become explosive, and to mitigate the effects of any resulting explosion to the health and safety of workers.
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LRQA is a Notified Body for most EU Directives, including ATEX. Whether you are in our outside the European Economic Area, we can help you with ATEX certification for your products.
LRQA's technical experts can provide first-hand insights into the requirements of the ATEX directives and the logic behind them. Our surveyors are chosen for their sector-specific knowledge and expertise, which means you can be confident that they'll understand the manufacturing challenges you face.
Our expert assessment teams take a collaborative approach that understands the importance of a fast, efficient appraisal with minimal disruption to your business. Using an industry-leading methodology, our design appraisal engineers, inspection personnel and quality system auditors can help you prepare for certification, perform equipment reviews, and provide training for your staff and stakeholders on ATEX.
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