The word ATEX is a contraction of the French words ATmosphère EXplosible
, or Explosive Atmosphere. An explosive atmosphere contains mixtures of gas vapours, mist or dust which can ignite under certain conditions.
The equipment and protective systems intended for use in explosive atmospheres are numerous and diverse, such as equipment used on offshore platforms, petrochemical factories, mines, mills and other installations where an explosive atmosphere may occur.
intended for Manufacturers, has been replaced by directive 2014/34/UE, to be applied after 20th April 2016.