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ATEX certifications

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Our expertise

Palamatic Process is specialized in developing and manufacturing machines and systems for the production of food and feed, chemical and fine chemical materials.
In their production powder processes, our clients are very frequently faced with the explosive nature of several materials used (powder, gas, liquid). Huge accidents prove the consequences that an explosion may have. When the atmosphere is explosive, a small spark (e.g. that of an electric switch or from the mechanical heating of a part of the machine) is enough to cause an accident or a disaster.

For many years, authorities and industries have worked on developing safety rules governing work conditions in such dangerous environments: explosive atmospheres. The new regulations, called ATEX regulations, were published and are effective as from 1rst July, 2003. Today, Palamatic Process provides its expertise to classify your risk zones based on the nature, frequency or duration of the presence of an ATEX regulation. Marked explosion risk zones are signaled with the warning sign established by regulation...

Palamatic Process defines with you the protection and prevention steps to be adopted, considering your restrictions. A document referring to explosion protection will be established and integrated into the Occupational Risk Assessment Unique Document.

2 services provided

Zoning

Palamatic Process - Bulk materials and powder handling ATEX
  • Visit to your production sites of our specialized ATEX engineers.
  • Writing of risk analysis specific to your production lines or machines.
  • Zoning of your plants according to machines, processed materials...

Characterization

Palamatic process atex zone specification

The characterization of your powders is carried out in our technical center for powders: KST, MIE, MEO, LEL, UEL, Median value, powder density, powder granulometry... 
The quantity of powder required to perform tests is 250 gr. per sample.

Classification

ZONING FOR DUST

  • Zone 22

A place in which an explosive atmosphere in the form of a cloud of combustible dust in air is not likely to occur in normal operation but, if it does occur, will persist for a short period only.
For example, zone 22 locations may be, among others, locations around equipment containing powder, when dust leaks may occur due to dustproof defects, and build up dust in dangerous amounts.

  • Zone 21

A place in which an explosive atmosphere in the form of a cloud of combustible dust in air is likely to occur in normal operation occasionally.
For example, zone 21 locations may be, among others, areas around dust evacuation devices or loading stations and areas with dust deposits likely to form occasionally, in normal operation, an explosive concentration of combustible dusts mixed with air. 

  • Zone 20

A place in which an explosive atmosphere in the form of a cloud of combustible dust in air is present continuously, for long periods, or frequently.

For example, these conditions are generally expressed only inside containers, pipes, equipment, etc. The zone is restricted, initially, to the interior of equipment (mills, dryers, mixers, backflow pipes, silos, etc.), when dangerous quantities of explosive mixes of dust are likely to form continuously, for long periods, or frequently.
 

ZONING FOR GAS

  • Zone 2

A place where an explosive atmosphere consisiting of a mixture with air of flammable substances in the form of gas, vapour or mist is not likely to occurin normal operation but, if it does occur, will persis for a short period only.
For example, zone 2 locations may be, among others, locations around zones 0 ou 1.
Comment: a place near pipes where flammable substances are conveyed only in pipes that are permanently dustproof technically is not considered to be dangerous locations.
 

  • Zone 1

A place in which an explosive atmosphere consisting of a mixture with air or flammable substances in the form of gas, vapour or mist is likely to occur in normal operation occasionally.

For example, zone 1 locations may be, among others :
- The environment around zone 0
- The environment around filling openings
- The area around fragile devices or pipes made of glass, ceramic or other similar materials, unless the content is such a small amount that it cannot constitute a dangerous explosive atmosphere
- The area around stuffing box not perfectly gas-proof, for example, around pumps or feeders
- The inside of equipment such as evaporators or reactors.
 

  • Zone 0

A place in which an explosive atmosphere consisting of a mixture with air of flammable substances in the form of gas, vapour or mist is present continuously or for long periods or frequently.
For example, in general, the conditions for zone 0 occur only inside containers or equipment (evaporator, reacteur, etc...), but they can also be present near venting areas and other openings.

 

 

ATEX likelihood

High

Medium and low

Very low

Unlikely

Duration of presence

> 1000 hours/year

10 < hours/year < 1000

1 < hours/year < 10

1 < hours/an

Definitions

A place in which an explosive atmosphere is present continuously, for long periods, or frequently.

A place in which an explosive atmosphere is likely to occur occasionally in normal operation.

A place in which an explosive atmosphere is not likely to occur in normal operation but, if it does occur, will persist for a short period only (predictable normal operation).

Not dangerous location

Gas and vapours

Zone 0

Zone 1

Zone 2

Out of area

Dust

Zone 20

Zone 21

Zone 22

Out of area

Directives

As from 1 July 2003, all manufacturers involved in the manufacture, use or distribution of equipment must comply with the essential health and safety standards specified in these two directives.

Directive 94/9/CE

It regards the free circulation of equipment when placed on the market.
It is intended for designers of equipment for use in explosive atmospheres.

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Directive 1999/92/CE

It concerns the safety of workers at the workplace with regard to the risk of explosion.
It is intended for users and sets minimum requirements to be met by the head of the facility with regard to the safety of workers likely to be exposed to potentially explosive atmospheres.
It requires a classification into zones and compliance of the establishment.

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Definition of an explosive atmosphere (ATEX)

  • An ATEX is "a mixture with air, under atmospheric conditions, of flammable substances in the form of gases, vapours, mists or dusts, in which, after ignition, combustion spreads to the entire unburned mixture".

It should be noted that ATEX may exist:

  • In an open environment: its ignition will essentially create a thermal effect
  • In a closed environment: its ignition will create thermal effects and overpressure effects
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Glossary

  • ATEX: Term used to describe the legal requirement for explosive atmospheres in Europe (or a contract specification outside Europe). May refer to equipment (ATEX 95) or the protection of Workers from Potentially Explosive Atmospheres (ATEX 137) depending on the context.
     
  • GRANULOMETRIE : diamètre moyen des particules de poussières, mesurée habituellement à l'aide d'un granulomètre laser, ou déterminée par tamisage. Le risque d'explosion est considéré lorsque le diamètre des particules est inférieur à 300 microns.
     
  • LEL: Lower Explosive/Flammable Limit at which a substance will ignite
     
  • UEL: Upper Explosive/Flammable Limit at which a substance will ignite
     
  • FLASHPOINT: The temperature at which a liquid will form a flammable atmosphere. 
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