DEPENDING ON THE MATERIALS AND PRODUCTS USED FOR YOUR PROCESS, PARTICULAR PRECAUTIONS MUST BE TAKEN IN ORDER TO PROTECT EMPLOYEES AND EQUIPMENT FROM THE RISK OF EXPLOSION. THE INSTALLATIONS MUST THEN BE “ATEX” COMPATIBLE (EXPLOSIVE ATMOSPHERES).
A defined zone is characterised as ATEX or not.
For an installation, two hazardous areas can be distinguished:
- The set-up area of the equipment which can be generalized by the inside of the client’s building if the equipment is installed inside.
- The inside of the filtration suction equipment and the piping transporting the pollutants.
Determination of a set-up area in an ATEX zone has important consequences with regard to selecting equipment located in this zone.
The standard is derived from European directive 2014/34/EU. It lists hazardous areas according to the composition of the explosive atmosphere and according to the frequency of the presence of the risk: gas, steam or mist (zones 0, 1 and 2) or combustible dust (zones 20, 21 and 22).
0 and 20: permanent
1 and 21: frequent
2 and 22: occasional
The presence of oil-based lubricant does not in itself constitute an ATEX risk if it is not explosive.
GPS Copeaux provides your installations with all types of equipment compatible with handling these ATEX pollutants: conduits, indoor or outdoor explosion vents, fans, mobile suction equipment, valves, vacuum cleaners etc. in order to protect employees and resources.