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Are end users of hazardous area equipment aware of ATEX directive requirements?

17 December 2009

With use of hazardous area equipment set to increase over the next five years, it is important to understand whether the users are aware of legislation.

IMS Research has surveyed such users in Europe and the Middle East. Almost one quarter of respondents were unaware of the mandatory requirements of the ATEX 137 Directive.

Users must comply with the ATEX 137 Directive, an EU standard. Report author, Marc Fernandez, commented "It is important for end users of equipment used in hazardous areas to be aware that the requirements of the ATEX 137 are mandatory; and that policing of these standards by government bodies is growing year by year. The results of the survey also indicated that one fifth of respondents believed their site did not comply with the ATEX 137 Directive; this is serious, as the safety of employees could be compromised."

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