Explosive Atmosphere is defined as an air mixture containing flammable substances in form of gases, vapours, concentration of droplets or dust, where after ignition, combustion is spread throughout the non-burning mixture.
Explosive Atmosphere Studies also known as ATEX Studies (Atmosphere Explosive), are obligatory according to P.D. 42/2003 regarding “Minimum requirements for the improvement of health and safety of workers potentially exposed to risks from explosive atmospheres, in compliance with the Directive 1992/92/EOK, 16th of December 1999 European Parliament and Council (E.E. L 23/57/28-01-2001)”
It is an employer’s obligation to evaluate specific risks deriving from explosive atmospheres, and to compile & update the Explosion Protection Document – ATEX Study.
Explosive Atmospheres can be formed even in activities where risk of explosion is less or not at all obvious, thus ATEX studies concerns a number of facilities and is mandatory in activities such as:
- Chemical & Petrochemical production industries
- Petroleum products facilities
- Fuel storage spaces
- Battery charging and storing spaces
- Paint industries
- Lumber industries
- Storage facilities or product processing accompanied with dust creation such as grain silo, sugar, flour
- Cement industries
- Power Plants
ΑΤΕΧ Studies evaluate, assess and document:
- The possibility of an explosive atmosphere’s formation and duration.
- The possibility or presence and activation of ignition sources, materials used, applied methods and their interactions.
- Potential risks of explosions of equipment, machinery, etc.
- Employees’ protection measures
- Space classification in critical zones (Zone 0, Zone 1, Zone 2, Zone 20, Zone 21, Zone 22)
- Technical means
- Organizational means
Biosafety undertakes the conduction of ATEX Studies applying a certain methodology where building’s, facility’s and businesses’ specifications as well as all regulations and guidelines of legislation are considered, along with all applied international standards.