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Advanced Engineering 2020

NEC, Birmingham(B40 1NT)

04/11/2020 - 05/11/2020

The UK's largest annual advanced manufacturing trade show, Advanced Engineering is your opportunity to (more)

Drives & Controls Exhibition

NEC, Birmingham(B40 1NT)

25/01/2021 - 27/01/2021

The show brings together key suppliers of state-of-the-art equipment representing the multi-tasking culture (more)

ATEX: An explosive issue

ATEX: An explosive issue The ATEX Directives affect detection systems in two ways: the 1999/92/EC Directive applies to the safety of installation whilst the 94/9/EC Directive applies to equipment. The aim of the 1999/92/EC Directive is to ensure that users fully understand, document and control explosive atmospheres. Explosive atmospheres should be removed but, where this is not possible, it states that ignition should be avoided. If an explosion were to occur then the effects of the explosion should be mitigated. In order to do so, it requires that the overall risk is assessed and that explosion protection documentation (EPD) is produced. This documentation should clearly outline the risk in terms of probable explosive atmosphere (zone), minimise the risk by identifying possible ignition sources (equipment) as well as the nature of flammable materials (Group, T class), and ensure that users understand the impact damage if an explosion did occur (in health and safety, financial and environmental terms). In addition, there is a requirement to train and warn personnel about the risks and to continue to monitor major changes to either the plant equipment or process. Draeger Safety has a wealth of experience in the design, installation and commissioning of fixed gas detection systems. Used throughout pharmaceutical, oil and gas, petrochem and other failsafe applications, Draeger systems can also be used in other environments such as water and waste, utilities and local government where the presence of gas may present a risk to health and safety.
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