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Many of the facilities operated by our clients contain explosive atmospheres from dust and vapour – a common issue with distilleries, flourmills, woodworking plants, chipboard/MDF production, maltings, grain processing and drying environments.

Clearly, the safety of employees and visitors is the priority here, along with the long-term viability of your operations and the integrity of your organisation. ATEX certification and DSEAR regulations are key to ensuring that your facilities are safe and compliant, and the team at Edwards Engineering brings you the experience and knowledge to ensure you meet every legal and best-practice requirement in full.

The regulations

ATEX is the name commonly given to the two European Directives for controlling explosive atmospheres:

  • Directive 99/92/EC (also known as 'ATEX 137' or the 'ATEX Workplace Directive') sets the minimum requirements for improving the health and safety protection of workers potentially at risk from explosive atmospheres.
  • Directive 94/9/EC (also known as 'ATEX 95' or 'the ATEX Equipment Directive') covers the equipment and protective systems intended for use in potentially explosive atmospheres.

In the UK, the Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations 2002 (DSEAR) place duties on employers to eliminate or control the risks from explosive atmospheres in the workplace and operate in the context of the European ATEX directives.

Our CompEx-qualified teams have extensive knowledge of DSEAR and ATEX regulations and how they apply in practice. As well as applying this knowledge in our ongoing project work with clients, we also undertake in-depth site survey providing DSEAR-compliant recommendations and programmes of remedial work. In addition, we deliver engineering heath and safety audits.

Health and safety underpins everything we do at Edwards Engineering and you can find out more about our approach here.

Contact us to discover more about how we can help you.