Explosive atmospheres may be caused by flammable gases, mists or vapors or combustible dust. Explosions can cause loss of life and serious injuries as well as significant damage.
What is ATEX?
ATEX is the name commonly provided by two European Explosive Atmosphere Guidelines:
1) Directive 99/92 / EC (also known as “ATEX 137” or “Workplace Directive ATEX”) on minimum requirements to improve the health and safety of workers potentially at risk of explosive atmospheres. The text of the Directive and the backing of the EU Guidelines are available on the EU’s website. For more information on how the requirements of the Directive came into force in the United Kingdom, see the Explosive Atmosphere section below.
2) Directive 94/9 / EC (also known as “ATEX 95” or “ATEX Equipment Directive”) on the approximation of Member States’ laws on equipment and protective systems intended for use in potentially explosive atmospheres. The text of the EU directives and support is available on the EU website. For more information on how the requirements of the Directive entered into force in the United Kingdom, see the section Equipment and protective systems intended for use in explosive atmospheres.
ATEX Regulations 1996 apply to electrical and mechanical equipment and surface protection systems, under ground and fixed offshore installations.
All equipment intended for use in potentially explosive atmospheres. This is defined as machines, devices, fixed or mobile devices, control components and related instruments and detection or prevention systems that are – individually or together –
- intended for production, transfer, storage, measurement, control and conversion of energy or material processing and which
- that can cause an explosion through their own potential sources of ignition
ATEX inspection, installation and maintenance
Our highly trained and experienced workforce provides a full-fledged ATEX inspection site and testing, installation and maintenance of workplaces that can contain or have activities that produce explosive or potentially explosive atmospheres that can be caused by flammable gases, mist or vapor or combustible dust. & P Engineering Services provides E & I ATEX inspection services worldwide.
NICEIC has proclaimed and certified NICEIC (National Inspection Council for Electrical Installation) as an approved NICEIC electrical power company with a hazardous area with a technical capability to perform electrical work in areas where potentially explosive atmospheres are expected to occur in the form of explosive gases, vapors or flammable dust.
ATEX Inspection Experience
Our team of ATEX Dangerous Surfaces have a background in installing and maintaining ‘Ex’ equipment for blue chip companies in the process industry and we are primarily working on customer sites that fall under the COMAH regulations (Hazardous Substances Control 1999), especially in petrochemical, chemical , oil, gas, steel, pharmaceutical, power generation, land, offshore and heavy engineering.
ATEX Inspection, Installation and Maintenance Services
Our highly trained and experienced certified ATEX inspectors engineers, electricians and technicians are certified “CompEx” and have specialized knowledge working in the ATEX Hazardous environments and especially in performing the following work activities:
- Ex01 Preparation and installation of Ex ‘d’, ‘n’, ‘e’ and ‘p’ electric devices in explosive atmospheres.
- Ex02 Testing and maintenance of Ex ‘d’, ‘n’, ‘e’ and ‘p’ electrical equipment in explosive atmospheres.
- Ex03 Preparation and installation of Ex ‘and’ equipment and systems in explosive atmospheres.
- Ex04 Testing and Maintaining Ex ‘and’ Equipment and Systems in Explosive Atmospheres.
- Ex05 Preparation and installation of enclosed electrical equipment for use in explosive dust atmospheres.
- Ex06 Maintenance and inspection of enclosed electrical equipment for use in explosive dust atmospheres