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Introduction to Potentially Explosive Atmospheres

Many manufacturing and processing industries can generate potentially explosive atmospheres by use of various substances.

These substances can be found in nearly all workplaces and include such things as solvents, paints, varnishes, gases & dusts.
When not properly controlled, they can all cause harm to people as a result of a fire or explosion. In many regions there are no mandatory obligations to use certified equipment (or indeed to classify an area as potentially explosive) however in the event of an accident, the companies in these regions may still be liable to prosecution.

In Europe for example an employer has a legal obligation for the protection of workers in potentially explosive atmospheres under ATEX. As part of this companies must assess for a fire or explosion risk and classify the area accordingly.

Once an area is classified, a risk analysis will normally dictate that only electrical and mechanical equipment with a suitable protection level & suitable certification can be installed.

As products without a suitable protection level or appropriate certification are not legally allowed to be placed or offered on the European market, many manufacturers and workplaces have been forced to deal with issues with which they are unfamiliar, some organisations still operating oblivious to this and are in essence operating illegally

This raises the issue of competency requirements of the personnel who are overall responsible for the areas as well as for those designing, installing, Inspecting and maintaining the equipment. ATEC Clients



We are pleased to officially announce the merger of EUTEX International and ATEC. Effective February 14th, 2022, both companies will operate as EUTEX International. This merger makes EUTEX the leading electrical supplier of hazardous area products and services around the globe.

The merger comes as a conjoint effort to offer the worldwide energy and renewable industry an integrated and boundary-pushing approach to working safely in hazardous areas. Our team acknowledges that our products and services impact other people’s lives, so minimizing safety risks for personnel and assets has always been our highest priority.