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ATEX is the name commonly given to the two European Directives for controlling explosive atmospheres.
The Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations (DSEAR) sets minimum requirements for the protection of workers from fire and explosion risks related to dangerous substances and potentially explosive atmospheres in the workplace.
DSEAR is the framework adopted by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) to facilitate compliance to ATEX 137 within the UK.
The ATEX directive consists of two EU directives describing what equipment and work environment is allowed in an environment with an explosive atmosphere. These are commonly called ATEX 137 and ATEX 95.
Glover Associates & Consulting Ltd have been involved in number of ATEX assessment and upgrade projects throughout the UK for a number of blue chip clients.
By identifying the areas susceptible to fire or explosion, hazardous area classification (HAC) assists industries in reducing their chances of experiencing an incident resulting in damage to property and potential injury or loss of life.
HAC is applied in wider risk assessment work and to counter a range of ignition sources, such as electrostatic sparks, and flammable substances, such as solvent vapors, gases or mists and dust clouds. For this reason, HAC is needed in a variety of other industries from food processors to power generation.
Conducting a hazardous area classification can be challenging, as it requires a thorough understanding of the processes used and the equipment associated with them.
Glover Associates & Consulting Ltd can help you meet your obligations and responsibilities under DSEAR by identifying those areas in a plant where flammable atmospheres can be found and their frequency. With a disciplined approach, we are uniquely suited to provide HAC support and our experts have the know-how and experience to guide you through the complexities of the classification process.
Whether it’s a new design or a review of existing processes, systems or procedures, Glover Associates & Consulting Ltd can help map out the most cost effective route for compliance with ATEX and DSEAR.