Dust explosion protection in Europe
  • We will carry out an ATEX audit in accordance with TR CU 012 in your production facility - an explosion safety inspection and an accident risk assessment. You will receive a report with recommendations on how to protect your personnel and equipment against explosions of dust/air mixtures.
  • We cooperate with European ATEX experts and have the information base of a test centre. Our audit reports are practically ready-to-implement explosion protection plans for a particular plant.


Dust is generated in industries handling loose products. When combined with oxygen in the air, it forms an air/dust mixture with explosive and flammable properties.

Overheated surfaces, a spark from static electricity and other sources of initiation cause it to ignite and explode locally. The shockwave displaces the burning aerosol suspension further, and the primary explosion is followed by a secondary explosion - much more powerful and destructive.

To prevent an explosion, hazardous contact must be avoided. Dust cannot be eliminated - it is an unavoidable by-product of operational and production processes. Similarly, it is impossible to eliminate oxygen because people need to breathe.

The solution is to identify sources of dust generation, dust accumulation, classify them as hazardous areas and exclude their contact with ignition sources as much as possible. Where this is not possible, apply explosion protection systems.

European ATEX directive 153 (directive 99/92/EC) requires owners of hazardous facilities to protect personnel from accidents, including explosions.

The operator company must:

  • Carry out a risk assessment taking into account the probability of an explosive atmosphere;
  • Classify and mark hazardous areas;
  • Install explosion protection devices on the equipment.

ATEX (Explosion Risk Assessment) audit includes a risk assessment, explosion protection and the organisation of tests, if necessary. During the audit, experts verify compliance with requirements of IEC 60079-10-2:2015, TP TP 012 / 2011, ATEX 114 (2014/34/EU).

These standards set out the requirements for the classification of hazardous areas and the safety of equipment for use in potentially explosive environments.

The purpose of the explosion protection analysis is to identify the hazards associated with combustible dust and explosive dust atmospheres in production and to develop measures to protect equipment and personnel against dust explosions.

What are the purposes of an audit:

  • Identify hazards based on the characteristics of the substances handled in the workplace;
  • Determine their quantities and the probability of an explosive environment forming;
  • Identify possible ignition sources;
  • Identify the potential damaging factors of an explosion;
  • Assess the risks;
  • Develop mitigation measures.


  • Ensure production safety

  • Prepare a complete risk assessment

  • Give recommendations on reducing risks and costs

  • Guarantee expert ATEX solutions

Work stages

Step 1 Collect data on the process and the equipment.
Step 2 Assess the flammability and combustibility of substances present in the process.
Step 3 Analyse the risk of formation of explosive dust media in the process and equipment.
Step 4 Analyse the risk of ignition from active sources.
Step 5 Classify explosive zones.
Step 6 Assess compliance with electrical equipment located in hazardous areas. Conduct an audit of the explosion protection in place.
Step 7 Prepare a report with the results of the analysis and recommendations for organisational measures and technical solutions to mitigate the identified risks.


  • Conducted independent explosion protection inspection without waiting for an accident or an inspector's visit. You will know the risks and how to manage them.
  • Competent explosion and fire safety testing reduces the customer's costs for implementing industrial safety measures, as it helps to take individual operating conditions into account when designing protection systems.
  • Selected suitable explosion protection equipment.
  • We can help you eliminate non-compliance with mandatory requirements before the supervisory authority's visit and avoid administrative sanctions.
  • An audit can reduce the probability of an accident and the losses from its consequences.
  • Complete and reliable audit report. When making recommendations, we take into account the operating conditions and consider the possibilities of upgrading existing explosion protection systems without incurring unnecessary costs for the customer for a complete replacement.

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