Explosion safety, ATEX 137 (directive 1999/92/EG)

Explosion hazards may arise in all undertakings where a flammable substance is
present due to central processing, as a guidant, as a remaining-, intermediate- or final
product or can be released because of a disturbance of the central process.

To ensure the health and wellbeing of employees the prevention of an combustible atmosphere
is necessary. If this is impossible due to occupational qualities, preventive measures must be taken
to avoid ignition sources and to limit the extent of damage a potential explosion may cause.

Since the 1st of July 2003 the policy regarding working conditions in a broad sense (in Dutch: Arbeidsomstandighedenbesluit) ‘prescribes specific rules (Stb. 2003, 268)  for identifying the presence of explosion hazards or combustible atmospheres. Directive 1999/92/EC lays down the minimum requirements for improving safety and health protection of employees potentially at risk from combustible atmospheres. The ATEX 137 directive realises a closer interpretation of the European directive on a national level.

According to the ATEX 137 directive the employer is obligated to determine and assess explosion risks and hazards and to draw them down in an explosion protection document. The explosion protection document shall demonstrate in particular:

HSE-advies is represented by experts which have a wide an diverging knowledge of explosion risks.  Gerdian Jansen (HSE-Consultant at HSE-advies) for example  is a member of the standardisation commission NEC 31 “Electrical apparatus cin relationship to explosion risks” and member of task group 10 “Area classification”. He was involved with drawing up and revising the NPR 7910 part 1 and 2 in 2008 and 2010.