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Hazardous Areas

Explosive atmospheres in the workplace can be caused by flammable gases, mists or vapors or by combustible dusts. Explosions can cause loss of life and serious injuries as well as significant damage.

Several products designed and supplied by us, have ATEX certifications to be used in potentially explosive atmospheres. 

What is an explosive atmosphere?
In DSEAR (Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations 2002), an explosive atmosphere is defined as a mixture of dangerous substances with air, under atmospheric conditions, in the form of gases, vapours, mist or dust in which, after ignition has occurred, combustion spreads to the entire unburned mixture.

Where can explosive atmospheres be found?
Many workplaces may contain explosive or potentially explosive atmospheres. Examples include places where work activities create or release flammable gases or vapours, such as refineries, glass manufacturing and chemical processing plants.

What is ATEX?

ATEX is the name commonly given to the two European Directives for controlling explosive atmospheres:
  1. Directive 2014/34/EU (ATEX) on minimum requirements for improving the health and safety protection of workers potentially at risk from explosive atmospheres. 
  2. Directive 94/9/EC (also known as 'ATEX 95' or 'the ATEX Equipment Directive') on the approximation of the laws of Members States concerning equipment and protective systems intended for use in potentially explosive atmospheres.

AMETEK Land Products
ATEX LogoThe AMTEK Land products stated above are compliant to European Directive 2014/34/EU (ATEX). For more information on the individual capabilities of our products, please visit the product specification table.


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