Explosion Protection Document

European Directive 1999/92/EC – ATEX Use-Directive

The following are some examples where employees can be exposed to potentially hazardous atmosphere:

  • Processing combustible powdery ingredients;
  • Milling, sawing, grinding, planeing of combustible materials;
  • Processing of volatile organic liquids;
  • Storage of substances prone to exothermal self-decomposition;
  • Charging of lead/acid batteries.

Every employer must edit, and keep current, an Explosion Protection Document when potentially hazardous atmosphere is present at the side, see ATEX Use Directive 1999/92/EC. The document has to deal with the following topics:

  • Explosion hazard in normal operation, as well as in malfunction, maintenance, and cleaning;
  • Establish a zoning concept;
  • Protective measures deemed necessary to mitigate explosion hazard;
  • Suitability of all work equipment (machines, plants, PPE).

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