What is Atex?
Atex is The European Regulatory Framework for Manufacture, Installation and Use of Equipment in Explosive Atmospheres (denoted by Ex). It came into force in 2003, and was enacted in the UK by statutory Instrument (SI) 2002: 2776. It was called DSEAR (The Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations of 2002), and implemented both the Atex and the Chemical Agents Directive (98/24/EC).
Atex is an abbreviation of the term (ATmosphères EXplosives) which is derived from “Appareils destinés à être utilisés en ATmosphères EXplosives” (French for Equipment intended for use in Explosive Atmospheres). Atex consists of two directives. Atex directives apply to all the electrical & mechanical equipment & protective systems which are located within potentially explosive environments.
Atex directives were adopted by the EU (European Union) to facilitate the trade between the member states by aligning the technical and legal requirements for products intended for use in a potentially explosive atmosphere.
1. The Atex 214 “Equipment” Directive 2014/34/EU: This Directive is for the manufacturer whose equipment and protective systems are intended for use in a potentially explosive atmosphere.
2. The Atex 137 “Workplace” Directive 1999/92/EC: This Directive is for the minimum requirements for improving the safety and health protection of the workers working in a potentially explosive atmosphere.
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- Initial visits and review of the existing product
- Gap analysis and planning for the documentation
- Training and Hand holding/ support for implementation
- Management review meeting
- 100% documentation support
- Internal audit for verification of implemented system
- Management review
- Atex Certification audit
- Closure of non-conformities support if any
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- Product design and development process verification
- Compliance to technical specifications pertinent to the applicable product standard
- Consistency in Product quality and safety
- Reduction in rework and rejection percentage in manufacturing processes
- Enhanced process controls and better controls in shop floor operations
- Setting up system for documentation and records.
The organization shall demonstrate continual improvement in the field of quality management system by maintaining, establishing, implementing and providing documented information.
The documented information required for Atex Certification
- The organization’s scope
- The organizations Quality policy and Quality Objectives
- A Quality Manual
- Standard Operating Procedures
- Records at individual process/department. E.g. Sales, Purchase, Production, Quality Assurance, Maintenance, Customer Service.
- Onshore and offshore oil and gas rigs
- Petrochemical Refineries
- Fuel Distribution Depots
- Oil and gas pipeline installation, repair, and maintenance.
- Chemical and pharmaceutical industries.
- Building, construction, and civil engineering in hazardous environments.
- Producers and users of solvents, paints, varnishes, and other flammable liquids.
- Printing and textiles.
- Food manufacturers, wood processors, grain handling & storage- where dust is generated.
- Engineering where dust is created due to machining, grinding, and sanding.
- Fast European market access for your product.
- Manufacturers targeting global market especially Europe for equipment to be installed in explosive environment.
- Entry passport for supply to in Explosive Atmosphere industries.
- Better business opportunities and revenue.
- Status of organization with premium certification.
- Elimination of non-value-added activities from the system.
- Satisfaction and Retention of Valuable Customers.
- Better sustainability prospects.
- Variations and Changes to ATEX Certified Products
- An ATEX certificate is valid for the lifespan of a product, and unlike some other conformity assessment schemes, it does not have a validity or expiry date that requires re-certification.
- The verification of a manufacturer’s design specification in relation to a range of applicable standards laid out under the regulation is known as ATEX product certification (or EU-Type Examination). An ATEX Notified Body must complete this certification process.
- When certifying a product over which you have no design control, it’s critical to determine whether the product or the material it’s constructed of was changed during the design process. If this is the case, producers must ensure that any changes made are within the bounds of the standards to which a product was first certified. Even so, you might need to do some further testing. As a result, certifying an off-the-shelf product from another company is exceedingly difficult, if not impossible, unless you have a tight working connection with them.