ATEX

ATEX

From the French ATmosphère EXplosible (Explosive Atmospheres), ATEX refers to a set of European Union (EU) directives regulating explosion protection. There are two: the equipment directive 2014/34/EU (formerly known as ATEX 95, 94/9/EC) for manufacturers, and the workplace directive ATEX 137 (99/92/EC) for employers with Ex work areas.

To be able to manufacture, import and/or distribute ATEX equipment within the EU, companies have to fulfil the ATEX requirements.