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An Introduction to Explosive Atmospheres

Explosion

An Explosive Atmosphere is created when gases, vapours, mists or dusts mix with air and have the potential to ignite.

Hazardous area classification is used to identify places where, because of the potential for an explosive atmosphere, special precautions over the sources of ignition are needed to prevent fires and explosions.

ATEX is the name commonly given to the legal requirements for controlling explosive atmospheres and the suitability of equipment and protective systems used in them. ATEX derives its name from the French Appareils destinés à être utilisés en ATmosphères EXplosives.

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