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ATmosphere EXplosible (ATEX)

Last updated: February 3, 2019

What Does ATmosphere EXplosible (ATEX) Mean?

ATmosphere EXplosible is a European Union directive relating to the risk of fire and explosion arising from flammable substances stored or used in the workplace. The regulations apply to workplaces where flammable substances are stored or used, such as chemical processing plants, spray painting and varnishing workshops and flour production facilities. An explosive substance is an accumulation of gas, mist, dust or vapor which, when mixed with air, has the potential to catch fire or explode.

Safeopedia Explains ATmosphere EXplosible (ATEX)

The ATmosphere EXplosible directive places specific responsibilities on employers. These include carrying out a risk assessment of any work activities involving flammable substances, recording the results of this assessment in an explosion protection document, and putting in place technical or organizational measures to reduce the risk of explosion. Employers must also provide specific training of workers in environments where explosive accidents may occur.


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