Certification of equipment and protective systems for use in hazardous areas, such as offshore installations, have been in force for many years and there is a well-established supply chain for electrical equipment designed to meet the regulatory requirements.Preventing the creation of explosive atmospheres and eliminating sources of ignition are the two main ways of reducing risk. Ensuring the correct equipment is installed system can greatly help in this. There is a duty placed on employers (The Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations 2002) to eliminate or control the risks from explosive atmospheres in the workplace.The ATEX Directive covers both electrical and mechanical equipment and is mandatory for any equipment to be used in hazardous areas throughout the EU. Electrical equipment requires an independent certification for use in a Zone 1 area and most electrical equipment manufacturers also provide additional certification for Zone 2 products...
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