ATEX CERTIFICATION

EUROSafe Italia S.r.l. is the exclusive Italian market partner of the German notified body DEKRA EXAM with three premises in the historic historic coal basin of the Ruhr coal basin, in Bochum, Essen and Dortmund.

The story of DEKRA EXAM dates back to 1864 when the company was called WBK, and even then it dealt with issues related to the world of mining and environments at risk of explosion. In 1958 it took on the name of Bergbauforschung and then DMT (Deutsche Montan Technologie, in 1990). EXAM BBG Prüf- und Zertifizier GmbH is a limited company founded in 2003 by Bergbauberufsgenossenschaft "BBG" based in Bochum and "DMT" based in Essen. In spring 2007, DEKRA acquired control of the company, maintaining the original management and structure.

DEKRA is a well-established name in the automotive industry: founded in Germany in 1925 as the German Motor Vehicle Inspection Association (Deutscher Kraftfahrzeug-Überwachungs-Verein, DEKRA in short ) with the aim of managing the technical tests of fleets of commercial and industrial vehicles of the associated companies, in order to promptly detect defects and evaluate repair costs.

DEKRA EXAM is the competent body for the evaluation and certification of protection systems, devices (electric/non-electric) and plants in accordance with Directive 94/9/EC ATEX both for use in surface plants "group II" and mines "group I".

DEKRA EXAM is also accredited to issue certificates in accordance with the IECEx Scheme, a program implemented by the IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission), for the ATEX certification of electrical equipment intended for use in environments at risk from potentially explosive atmospheres.

As a result of the extensive and proven experience gained by their technicians over the years and for the advanced testing laboratories at its disposal, DEKRA EXAM is the definition of a leading certification body in the field of explosion protection.

EUROSafe Italia S.r.l. operates in Italy in collaboration with DEKRA EXAM for the performance of activities of TRAINING, EVALUATION and CERTIFICATION activities in accordance with ATEX directives. Our company avails itself of a qualified and constantly updated internal technical staff, who, acting under the supervision of DEKRA EXAM, use all of their available expertise for the resolution of issues related to Directive 94/9/EC (ATEX 95) and 99/92/EC (ATEX 137).

COMMUNITY DIRECTIVE 94/9/EC

PRESIDENTIAL DECREE MARCH 23, 1998, NO. 126

"Standards for the implementation of Directive 94/9/EC concerning equipment and protection systems intended for use in potentially explosive atmospheres (O.J. May 4, 1998 no. 101)"

In force since 1996, but optional until 30/06/2003. (it replaces Directives 76/117/EEC, 79/196/EEC, 84/47/EEC, 88/571/EEC, 90/487/EEC, 94/26/EEC, 97/53/EEC). In the absence of Harmonised Standards, the manufacturer must apply appropriate solutions to ensure the essential requirements of Health and Safety.

From 01/07/2003 the sale of equipment in the European Union which does not comply with the Directive 94/9/EC is NOT allowed.

DEKRA EXAM GmbH accredited body 0158

Certification in accordance with European Directive 94/9/EC (Group I and II)

  • Electrical and non-electrical equipment and components (Annex III)
  • Security and protection systems
  • System quality of production (Annexes IV - V - VI - VII)
  • Technical dossier non-electrical equipment storage (Annex VIII)
  • Verification of a single product (Annex IX)

COMMUNITY DIRECTIVE 99/92/EC

LEGISLATIVE DECREE 12 JUNE 2003, NO. 233

"Implementation of the directive 1999/92/EC on the minimum requirements for improving the protection of the health and safety of workers potentially at risk from explosive atmospheres. (OJ no. 197 of 08/26/2003)"

In force since 1999, but optional until 30/06/2003. In the absence of Harmonised Standards, the manufacturer must apply appropriate solutions to ensure the essential requirements of Health and Safety. From 01/07/2003 the commissioning of installations in the European Community is NO longer permitted unless they conform with Directive 99/92/EC. For installations already in operation as of 30/06/2003 an adjustment period of three years has been provided in order to meet the Essential Safety Requirements (RES) (01/07/2006).

After June 30, 2003, in the case of modification, expansion and restructuring interventions in these workplaces, the employer must take every initiative to ensure compliance with the minimum requirements of the Directive.

The Directive 1999/92/ECrequires the employer of the workplace, in relation to environments where there is a potential for the formation of explosive atmospheres, to adopt any technical and/or organisational measures intended, on one hand, to prevent the formation and ignition of an explosive atmosphere and, on the other, to minimise the effects of an explosion to ensure that workers are protected from any risk (art. 3). Such measures should be regularly reviewed and updated.

EUROSafe Expertise – DEKRA EXAM GmbH:

  • Analysis of explosion risks
  • Classification of areas at risk of explosion (Art. 7 Annex I)
  • Risk assessment of installations (art. 4)
  • Explosion protection document (art. 8)
  • Issue reports regarding third-party compliance (Optional)

Explosion protection/safety systems
Substance data related to the explosion
Test type related to the explosion
Resistance to explosion pressure
Electrostaticity
Evaluation of explosion protection
Determining the causes of an explosion
Assessment of explosion protection concepts
Education and training

Indication of environments with Explosive Atmosphere present

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CONSOLIDATED LAW

ON THE PROTECTION OF HEALTH AND SAFETY IN THE WORKPLACE

LEGISLATIVE DECREE April 9, 2008, no. 81 "Implementation of Article 1 of the Law of August 3, 2007, no. 123, concerning the protection of health and safety in the workplace.

Title XI
PROTECTION FROM EXPLOSIVE ATMOSPHERES

Chapter I - General provisions
Art. 288 - Definitions

1. For the purposes of this title: "Explosive atmosphere" means flammable substances in the form of gases, vapours, mists or dusts mixed with air, under atmospheric conditions.

Chapter II - Obligations of the employer
Art. 289 - Prevention and protection against explosions

1. For the purposes of prevention and protection against explosions, based on an assessment of risks and the general principles of protection outlined in Article 15, the employer shall take appropriate technical and organisational measures in accordance with the nature of the work activity; in particular, the employer must prevents the formation of explosive atmospheres.
2. If the nature of the activity does not allow for the prevention of explosive atmospheres forming, the employer must:
a) prevent the ignition of explosive atmospheres;
b) mitigate the detrimental effects of an explosion so as to ensure the health and safety of workers.
3. If necessary, the measures referred to in paragraphs 1 and 2 are combined and supplemented with measures against the propagation of explosions and are periodically reviewed and, in any event, whenever significant changes occur.

Chapter II - Obligations of the employer
Art. 290. - Assessment of explosion risks

1. In carrying out the obligations described in Article 17, paragraph 1, the employer will assess the specific risks arising from explosive atmospheres, at the very least taking into account the following elements:
a) the probability and duration of the presence of explosive atmospheres;
b) the likelihood that ignition sources, including electrostatic discharges, are present and become active and effective;
c) the characteristics of the installations, substances used, processes and their possible interactions;
d) scale of the anticipated effects.
2. Explosion risks shall be collectively assessed.
3. In the assessment of explosion risks the places that are or may be in connection, via openings to places in which explosive atmospheres may occur must be taken into account.

Chapter II - Obligations of the employer
Art. 291 General obligations

1. In order to safeguard the safety and health of workers, and in accordance with the basic principles of risk assessment and those stipulated in Article 289, the employer shall take the necessary measures to ensure that:
a) where explosive atmospheres may arise in such quantities as to endanger the health and safety of workers or others, the working environment should be structured so as to allow the workers to perform their job safely;
b) in working environments where explosive atmospheres may arise in such quantities as to endanger the safety and health of workers, appropriate supervision during the presence of workers is guaranteed, aimed towards risk assessment, through the use of appropriate technical means.

Chapter II - Obligations of the employer
Art. 292. - Coordination

1. Notwithstanding the provisions made in Title IV for temporary and mobile construction sites, where workers from several companies are present in the same workplace, each employer is responsible for all matters subject to his control.
2. Without prejudice to the individual responsibility of each employer and the provisions of Article 26, the employer who is responsible for the workplace must coordinate the implementation of all measures concerning the health and safety of workers and specify the objective, the measures and procedures for implementing such coordination in the explosion protection document, referred to in Article 294.

Chapter II - Obligations of the employer
Art. 293. - Areas in which explosive atmospheres may occur

1. The employer shall classify areas in which explosive atmospheres may occur into zones in accordance with Annex XLIX.
2. The employer ensures that for the areas referred to in paragraph 1, the minimum requirements set out in Annex L.
3 are applied. If necessary, areas where explosive atmospheres may occur in such quantities as to endanger the health and safety of workers are reported in the access points in accordance with Annex LI.

Chapter II - Obligations of the employer
Art. 294. - Document on the protection against explosions

1. In carrying out the obligations pursuant to Article 290, the employer will draw up and update a document, entitled: "Document on the protection against explosions."
2. The document referred to in paragraph 1, in particular, must indicate:
a) that the explosion risks have been determined and assessed;
b) that adequate measures will be taken to achieve the objectives of this title;
c) which places have been classified into zones in accordance with Annex XLIX;
d) those places where the minimum requirements set out in Annex L will apply;
e) that the workplace and work equipment, including warning devices, are designed, operated and maintained with due regard for safety;
f) that, pusuant to Title III, precautions for the safe use of work equipment were adopted.
3. The document referred to in paragraph 1 shall be completed before the start of work and be revised when the workplace, work equipment or organisation of the work undergoes significant changes, extensions or conversions.
4. The document referred to in paragraph 1 is an integral part of the risk assessment document referred to in Article 17, paragraph 1.

Chapter II - Obligations of the employer
Art. 295. - Deadlines for adjustment

1. Work equipment for use in places where explosive atmospheres may occur which is already in use or is made available in the undertaking or establishment for the first time before June 30, 2003 must comply, from that date, with the minimum requirements laid down in Annex L, Part A, if no other Directive is applicable.
2. Work equipment for use in places where explosive atmospheres may occur which is made available in the undertaking or establishment for the first time after June 30, 2003 must comply with the minimum requirements prescribed in Annex II, Parts A and B.
3. The workplaces that include areas where explosive atmospheres may occur must meet the minimum requirements stipulated in this title.

Chapter II - Obligations of the employer
Art. 296. - Verification

1. The employer shall ensure that electrical installations in areas classified as Zone 0, 1, 20 or 21, in accordance with Annex XLIX, are subject to the verifications as prescribed in Chapters III and IV of the Presidential Decree of October 22, 2001, no. 462.


LEGISLATIVE DECREE August 3, 2009, no. 106 Supplementary and corrective provisions of legislative decree April 9, 2008, no. 81 concerning the protection of health and safety in the workplace.

ART. 136 (Amendments to Article 288 of Legislative Decree April 9, 2008, no. 81)

1. The following amendments have been made to Article 288 of the decree:
a) in paragraph 1, after the words "mist or dust" the following are added: "in which, after ignition, combustion spreads throughout the unburnt mixture";
b) after paragraph 1 the following is added "1-bis The term 'atmospheric conditions' means conditions in which the concentration of oxygen in the atmosphere is approximately 21 percent and which include changes in pressure and temperature above and below the reference levels, denominated normal atmospheric conditions (pressure equal to 101325 Pa, temperature of 293 K), provided that such variations have a negligible effect on the explosive properties of flammable or combustible substance. ".

ART. 136 (Amendments to Article 288 of Legislative Decree April 9, 2008, no. 81)

1. Article 293, paragraph 3, of the Decree, after the words: "Annex LI" the following is added: "and equipped with optical/acoustic alarms that signal the start and stop of the plant, both during normal cycle and in the event of an emergency."

ART. 136 (Amendments to Article 288 of Legislative Decree April 9, 2008, no. 81)

1. After Article 294 the following is added:

ART. 294-bis (Information and training of workers)

1. As part of the obligations stipulated in Articles 36 and 37, the employer shall ensure that workers exposed to the risk of explosion and their representatives are informed and trained with regard to the outcome of the risk assessment, in particular regarding:
a) the measures taken under this title;
b) the classification of the zones;
c) to the operating mode necessary to minimise the presence and effectiveness of the sources of ignition;
d) risks associated with the presence of the plant protection systems;
e) risks related to handling and transfer of flammable liquids and/or combustible dust;
f) the meaning of the provision of safety and the optical/acoustic alarm.
g) any risks associated with the presence of systems of prevention of explosive atmospheres, with particular reference to asphyxia;
h) proper use of appropriate personal protective equipment and related indications and contraindications to the use."

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