How to improve the level of safety protection when operating in explosive atmospheres
The term ATEX applies to a potentially explosive atmosphere that exists when a mixture of air gases, vapours or dust combine in a way that can ignite under certain conditions during operation.
Companies that handle flammable gases, liquids, gases, or other dangerous substances must therefore prepare a so-called “Explosion Protection Document” as part of their safety documentation.
Global Functional Safety (GFS) consultants have a thorough knowledge of applicable national and international standards and are of valuable assistance to our customers.
ATEX – mandatory in EU
GFS assists with the preparation and updating of the mandatory ATEX documentation regarding e.g.:
- Explosion hazards
- Ex zone classification
- Gas dispersion analyses
- Compliance with applicable directives
- Measures to prevent explosions
- Operating conditions
All equipment that is intended to be installed and operated in a classified Ex zone must be designed accordingly to ensure that the equipment itself cannot be an ignition source.
GFS consultants have the necessary knowledge and experience to assist you with different kinds of protection methods and principles, to make sure that the Ex classified equipment complies with applicable standards.
GFS also undertakes the dialogue with the Notified Body to obtain the necessary approvals.
IEC 60079, EN 50495, IEC 13463, API RP 505, NFPA 70, IP15
In GFS we have taken an active part in the development of the Functional Safety standards. To improve, we also participate in S-531 “Explosive atmospheres in relation to the ATEX directives”.