European ATEX Directive


ATEX Directive 2014/34/UE is a "new approach" directive that applies to protective systems against explosions as well as all equipment used in or related to explosive atmospheres, such as electrical and non-electrical equipment, components and safety devices, control and adjustments necessary for the safe operation of this equipment and protective systems. As a "new approach" directive, the 2014/34/UE Directive defines the essential requirements for the safety and health which shall be respected by all manufacturers. Devices falling within the scope of the European Directive and responding to the essential requirements for the safety and health are identified by a marking plate on which the Ex logo appears.


The 1999/92/EC Directive aims to improve the safety and health protection of workers potentially at risk from explosive atmospheres.
The site manager has the obligation:
• to prevent the formation of explosive atmospheres or if this is not possible, prevent ignition of explosive atmospheres,
• to assess the specific risks arising from explosive atmospheres and to draw up and keep up to date an explosion protection document,
• to classify places where explosive atmospheres may occur into zones,
• to mitigate the harmful effects of an explosion to protect the health and safety of workers (install appropriate equipment, take organizational measures such as staff training, ...).