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 ATEX DIRECTIVES (ATmosphères EXplosibles)
ATEX Directives (ATmosphères EXplosibles)

The ATEX Directives (Dir. 94/9/EC and Dir. 1999/92/EC) regulate throughout the European Union, the emission on the market and the use of protection equipment and systems, whether they be electric or not, in a potentially explosive atmosphere due to the presence of gas, vapours, flammable mists as well as combustible dust, by defining the essential safety and health requirements.

Acknowledged in Italy respectively by D.P.R. 126/1998 and D.Lgs. 233/2003, they became "operative" in July 2003 and in June 30th 2006 the adjustment period conceded to users terminated.

In particular, Dir. 94/9/EC regulated Manufacturers, requiring them to carry out a specific risk evaluation on commercialized equipment, finalised to obtaining from notified organisations, the certificate of conformity for their use in a potentially explosive atmosphere, whereas Dir. 1999/92/EC has made consumers aware of their responsibility concerning the identification of all work environments where a potentially explosive atmosphere may be present or generated, in addition to the consequent inspection of the existing equipment in order to guarantee the minimum requirements listed in the Directive.

For the first time non-electric equipment must also undergo inspection, and combustible dust has been recognised as subject to generating an explosive atmosphere; this involves for example areas such as silos, mills and dust-collecting filters plus apparatus such as pumps, fans and many others which must respect the requirements of the ATEX Directives.

Lati S.p.A., upon request is able to support its customers both in the development of their products according to the requirements of Dir. 94/9/EC and involving the correct handling of the products in conformity with Dir. 1999/92/EC: the presence in its list of numerous dissipative and/or electrically conductive products for all the applications in which a fire hazard of potentially explosive atmospheres exists due to phenomena related to static electricity, the experience matured in many years of processing diverse powdered raw materials and the availability of specific data of the powders that may be generated during the various industrial processes to which the materials are subjected, are just an example of the company know-how in this field.

Atex Directive 94/9/EC

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