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
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.
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