The ATEX 114 legislation (formerly known as ATEX 95) provides the relevant information for safeguarding the safety of devices intended for use in potentially explosive atmospheres.
It also relates to the safety, control and control devices that are not directly in an explosion hazardous zone, but which are required for the safe operation of devices and systems in such a zone.
Devices are divided into different groups, which can be used in the corresponding (or lighter) zone. There are 3 different categories (1-3), which can be placed in zones (0-2 for gas and 20-22 for dust).
Also, there is a difference between mining and underground equipment and devices used above ground.
If the correct category is known, the essential requirements of Annex II can be followed. The attachment sets out the standard requirements for all devices, including a breakdown of specific requirements for the different groups of devices. After the requirements have been applied, a conformity assessment can take place. ATEX 114 offers several modules (eg modules C1, D, F or G), and this must be viewed separately on a case by case basis.
Scope and exceptions of the directive
This Directive applies to the following, hereinafter referred to as "products":
• Devices and security systems intended for use in places where there may be an explosion hazard;
• Safety, control and control devices intended for use outside areas where there may be a risk of explosion but which are necessary for or contribute to the safe operation of devices and security systems related to the explosion hazard;
• Components intended to be incorporated into the aforementioned devices and security systems.
This Directive does not apply to:
• Medical devices intended for use in the medical field;
• Devices and protective systems where the risk of explosion is due solely to the presence of explosives or unstable chemicals;
• Devices intended for use in a domestic, non-commercial atmosphere, where a potentially explosive environment rarely occurs, and only resulting from accidental gas leaks;
• Personal protective equipment covered by Council Directive 89/686 / EEC of 21 December 1989 on the approximation of the laws of the
Member States' legislation on personal protective equipment;
• Seagoing vessels and mobile offshore installations as well as the equipment on board these ships or installations;
• Means of transport, ie vehicles and trailers thereof, intended solely for the carriage of persons in the air, by road or rail or on the water, and means of transport, insofar as they are designed for the carriage of goods in the Air, by public road or rail network or on the water. Non-excluded from the scope of this Directive are vehicles intended for use in places where there may be an explosion hazard;
• Devices falling within the scope of Article 346 (1) (b) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union.
In the CE Tool you will be guided through the requirements of the ATEX114 Directive.