What categories of products require ATEX conscious design?
ATEX is an acronym for ATmospheres EXplosible and refers to any hazardous environment containing gases or dust particles that carry an explosion or fire risk – for example, petrochemical plants or flour mills. Due to the higher risk to workers and equipment, all electronic devices in these areas must have ATEX Certification. The Certification required depends on the level of danger, classified as Zones in Europe and by the IEC and as Classes in the USA.
Current classifications are as follows:
ATEX specifically refers to two EU directives, concerning the protection of workers and equipment in potentially hazardous environments.
What about Brexit?
These directives were written into UK legislation in 2002 as part of the Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations (DSEAR). As such, Brexit is not going to affect ATEX design regulations, however, as ATEX certified products require CE Marking, this will change in the UK on 1 January 2021. For more information, read our guide to UKCA and CE Marking.
In order to ensure the safety of products in use in hazardous environments, manufacturers and suppliers must have their products tested for conformity and certified. ByteSnap has experience in supporting customers in this – and can save you time and money on your product development.
See how we helped Geotechnical Instruments Ltd develop their intrinsically safe biogas analyser: