ATEX – Refrigeration Systems in Explosive Environments

 
ATEX comes from the French term ATmospheres EXplosives.
As of 2003, organisations in the EU must follow the directives in order to protect employees from explosion risk in areas where an explosive atmosphere is present.

 

There are two ATEX directives, one for the manufacturer and one for the user of the equipment.

  • The first directive, the ATEX 95 equipment 94/9/EC, equipment and protective system is intended for use in potentially explosive atmospheres.
  • The second directive, the ATEX 137, workplace directive 99/92/EC, minimum requirements for improving the safety and health protection of workers potentially at risk from explosive atmospheres. The requirement of this directive is that Employers must classify areas where hazardous explosive atmospheres may occur into zones

 

ATEX identifies how to classify these zones.

What are the ATEX Zone differences?

ATEX differentiates between zones according to the level of safety risk they present.

Zone 0 – A place in which an explosive atmosphere consisting of a mixture with air of dangerous substances in the form of gas, vapor or mist is present continuously or for long periods or frequently

Zone 1 – A place in which an explosive atmosphere consisting of a mixture with air of dangerous substances in the form of gas, vapor or mist is likely to occur in normal operation occasionally.

Zone 2 – A place in which an explosive atmosphere consisting of a mixture with air of dangerous substances in the form of gas, vapor or mist is not likely to occur in normal operation but, if it does occur, will persist for a short period only.

CB Refrigeration Ltd can provide  explosion proof refrigeration solutions to be used in potentially explosive atmospheres. Our explosion proof range can store destructive, hazardous materials, liquids, resins, adhesives and pharmaceuticals, needed where there is explosive atmospheres containing a mixture of air gases, vapours or dusts that can ignite under certain conditions.

Why should you install an ATEX compliant refrigeration space?

– Personal and environmental safety
– Peace of mind and protection in the event of an explosion
– Improved efficiency at work, given the ability to safely place hazardous containers in work environments.
 

CB Refrigeration Ltd offer a service solution to all types of refrigeration solutions, for all ATEX related environments and gas groups.

Contact our team on 02920 861627, for further information.