Facilities handling and storing flammable substances face explosion hazards, as many accidents worldwide have shown. Whether explosive atmospheres are generated by flammable gases and vapours (Zones 0, 1 ,2) or by combustible dust, fibres and flyings (Zones 20, 21, 22) or even by hybrid mixtures, the importance of the Explosion Protection Document as per the requirements of ATEX 137 Workplace Directive (99/92/EC) or of an Explosion Hazard Assessment Audit is paramount.
The Process Safety Department of ProAct has long and extensive experience in the field of explosion protection having conducted a series of studies, both ATEX and other special studies related to almost every industrial sector in Greece, Cyprus, the Balkans, Egypt, Turkey, Russia and the U.A.E. All of these studies have become a useful tool for new and existing facilities for their effective explosion protection as well as for relevant investments sustainability.
Customized seminars are also provided by our experienced engineers, where the fundamentals and different aspects of the ATEX Directives and relevant harmonized standards are analyzed. The findings of the Explosion Protection Document or ATEX Audit are presented in order to facilitate understanding of management and/or all level workforce of the specific explosion hazards of each facility.
Why ATEX Study?
- Classify hazardous areas adopting a pragmatic approach that does not hinder operations
- Identify explosion hazards without underestimation or overestimation that leads to zone blanketing and unnecessary costs for equipment replacement
- Prioritize state-of-the-art suggested technical solutions and organizational measures through a detailed explosion risk assessment using Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA) including ignition hazard assessment
- Continue using existing, not-certified equipment safely by avoiding the risks of ignition
- Set the specifications of new and existing equipment in order to achieve a cost-effective investment and safe operation for whole installation’s lifecycle