ATEX Knowledge Base
By putting the CE mark on a product, the manufacturer declares that the product meets the essential requirements of all the so called “New Approach” directives relating to the product. In order to determine whether a product meets the requirements of the “New Approach” directives and can be labelled with the CE mark, a conformity assessment is performed
On 22 September, the second-ever symposium on the broadly defined explosive safety in the energy sector was held at the Bełchatów Power Plant (PGE GiEK SA Oddział Elektrowania Bełchatów).
Production safety is one of the most important elements of the functioning of industrial plants. Wherever people deal with combustible dust, they should be aware of the risk of explosion and fire. This knowledge is the first step that allows you to significantly reduce the likelihood of a disaster. The question is how to gain that knowledge?
In the case of the tests described below, there has not been applied the so called explosion decoupling (or explosion isolation) which consists in an immediate closure of the pipelines connecting the apparatus with the rest of the installation. It is a common mistake frequently encountered at process plants.
Explosion risk assessment and the problems of ensuring safe production in explosion hazard conditions
The legal basis for production in explosion hazard conditions is determined by the EU ATEX 137 Directive (EN 99/92/EC). It was implemented in the Polish law by virtue of the Regulation of the Minister of Economy of 8 July 2010 regarding minimum requirements for occupational safety and health, related to potentially explosive atmosphere in the place of work (Journal of Laws of 2010 No. 138, item 931). Both of the legal acts define the basic duties of employers in that regard.
Food manufacturing usually requires the use of powdered materials, which brings a hazard of explosion and fire. The Polish and European laws require from the owner of a production plant to prepare an Explosion Protection Document, which may become a costly problem for the plant owner. How to deal with that?