What are the ATEX Directives?
The term “ATEX” applies to atmospheres that are potentially explosive due to the possible presence of dusts vapours or gases that are likely to ignite or explode.
There are two Directives from the European Commission dealing with this phenomenon.
The Regulations originally allowed a transposition period which has now expired. Therefore, the Regulations now apply to all workplaces.
What are the employer‘s duties under this Directive?
S.I. No. 299/2007 – Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations 2007
PART 8: Explosive Atmospheres at Places of Work
Assessment of explosion risk and explosion protection document.
Prevention against explosion.
What is an EPD?
An EPD is an explosion protection document which contains the findings of a risk assessment of any work activity involving flammable/or explosive atmospheres. It may be incorporated or at least referenced in the Safety Statement, be part of other risk assessment documentation or included in the Safety Report for those establishments subject to the European Communities (Control of Major Accident Hazards Involving Dangerous Substances) Regulations.
It must detail:
Should the ATEX or EPD be revisited and reviewed?
Today’s socio-technical systems are subject to rapid changes. New technologies are introduced every day and the available equipment in market will be subject to modifications, upgrades and etc. Organisations shall consider this issue seriously and commit to safety by revisiting the ATEX and EPD on a regular bases to ensure that no changes have been introduced and the most up-to-date measures are in place and all risks are under control.
How CMSE Consultancy can help?
CMSE Consultancy provides a top quality ATEX consultancy and support service to our clients nationwide. We have extensive ATEX experience and a proven track record in providing these services across many industrial sectors. Our ATEX consultants have both process and electrical safety expertise which makes our solutions both legally compliant and beneficial from the perspective of potential cost reductions and savings.
How CMSE will perform the review?
At CMSE Consultancy, our consultants will perform Explosion Safety Management Review for defined areas and activities within the plant. By carrying out an on-site walk-through inspection of the plant our Process Safety Engineers will identify possible lapses in order to control the explosion hazard in the workplace.
Moreover, an in-depth review will be used to ensure that the plant and the equipment, as well as the operating and maintenance procedures, comply with the design intent and ATEX standards to minimise and control the explosion risk. The review will include interviews with employees working on the process plant as, including operators, managers and maintenance workers.
Our professionals, will apply also other techniques, such as checklists and Explosion Risk Assessments to identify potential ignition sources, quantify the explosion hazard by determining the source of release of explosive substances and defining additional bases of safety to implement in the process. In addition, they will audit and review the following areas and factors as:
Once the review will be performed, a report will be issued giving detail of existing control measures, basis of safety to be implemented, recommendations and actions required to prevent an explosion and to mitigate the effects should one occur.
A follow-up visit can then be performed to assess whether the recommendations have been performed to the required standard.
If you would like to get more information about the ATEX and EPD review, please Submit an enquiry and one of our CMSE Consultants will be in contact As soon as possible.
ATEX Regulations – Frequently Asked Questions: http://www.hsa.ie/eng/Topics/ATEX_and_Electrical_Apparatus/Atex_Regulations_-_Frequently_Asked_Questions/#epd