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ATEX ZONES AND CATEGORIES


ZONING FOR WORKING AREAS AS DEFINED IN THE DIRECTIVE 99/92/EC


Zoning for gas

  • ZONE 0
    A place in which an explosive atmosphere consisting of a mixture with air of flammable substances in the form of gas, vapor or mist is present continuously or for long periods or frequently.
     

  • ZONE 1
    A place in which an explosive atmosphere consisting of a mixture with air or flammable substances in the form of gas, vapor or mist is likely to occur in normal operation occasionally.
     

  • ZONE 2
    A place in which an explosive atmosphere consisting of a mixture with air of flammable substances in the form of gas, vapor or mist is not likely to occur in normal operation but, if it does occur, will persist for a short period only.
     

Gas : zoning example for racking liquid activities

Gas : zoning example for racking liquid activities

Dusts : zoning example for silo wagon filling activitiesDusts: zoning example for silo wagon filling activities (white zone is "no danger").

 ©Valérie Causse


Zoning for dust

  • ZONE 20
    A place in which an explosive atmosphere in the form of a cloud of combustible dust in air is present continuously, or for long periods or frequently.
     

  • ZONE 21
    A place in which an explosive atmosphere in the form of a cloud of combustible dust in air is likely to occur in normal operation occasionally.
     

  • ZONE 22
    A place in which an explosive atmosphere in the form of a cloud of combustible dust in air is not likely to occur in normal operation but, if it does occur, will persist for a short period only.
     

Categories for EX. proof vacuum cleaners as defined in the Directive 94/9/EC

Example of the Classification of Dust Explosion Risk Areas according to IEC 61241-10 Example of the Classification of Dust Explosion Risk Areas according to IEC 61241-10

©Valérie Causse - R.Stahl Explosion Protection 


CATEGORY 1

Comprises equipment designed to be capable of functioning in conformity with the operational parameters established by the manufacturer and ensuring a very high level of protection. Equipment in this category is intended for use in areas in which explosive atmospheres caused by mixtures of air and gases, vapors or mists or by air/dust mixtures are present continuously, for long periods or frequently. Equipment in this category must ensure the requisite level of protection, even in the event of rare incidents relating to equipment, and is characterized by means of protection such that:

  • either, in the event of failure of one means of protection, at least an independent second means provides the requisite level of protection;
  • or the requisite level of protection is assured in the event of two faults occurring independently of each other.

 

CATEGORY 2

Comprises equipment designed to be capable of functioning in conformity with the operational parameters established by the manufacturer and of ensuring a high level of protection. Equipment in this category is intended for use in areas in which explosive atmospheres caused by gases, vapors, mists or air/dust mixtures are likely to occur. The means of protection relating to equipment in this category ensure the requisite level of protection, even in the event of frequently occurring disturbances or equipment faults which normally have to be taken into account.

 

CATEGORY 3

Comprises equipment designed to be capable of functioning in conformity with the operating parameters established by the manufacturer and ensuring a normal level of protection. Equipment in this category is intended for use in areas in which explosive atmospheres caused by gases, vapors, mists, or air/dust mixtures are unlikely to occur or, if they do occur, are likely to do so only infrequently and for a short period only. Equipment in this category ensures the requisite level of protection during normal operation.

 


References

 

ATEX references on the internet


Atex Definitions and Applications

Atex Definitions and Applications

 

 

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