ATEX, as we explained earlier last week, is the The European Regulatory Framework for Manufacture, Installation and Use of Equipment in Explosive Atmospheres, and today important changes in this legislation will be withdrawn.
From today, the 2nd of April, the products manufacturers place in the market must conform to the new ATEX standard (EN 60079-0:2012). That means the products that are already in service or in the distribution chain can continue to be use or sold.
The function of the ATEX regulation is to ensure the safety of workers in hazardous atmospheres, and that’s the reason this directive is frequently updated.
What’s changing now?
From no won, manufacturers will have to modify and update the ATEX approved lights to make them compliant to the new release of the regulation. With safety and effectivity in mind, Peli has been working since last year to update the light models and make them compliant to the new ATEX variation.
But, what are the most significant changes? Depending on the lights and Zones, some of the more important changes are the need to mold in anti-static material or apply anti-static coating to the lights in order to successfully approve the test.
These changes may imply modifications of the light output depending on the model, however, manufacturers like Peli guarantee that the light remains powerful to effectively illuminate while eliminating all risks for users when using the lighting solution.
“As stipulated by the new regulation, at Peli we are adapting our range of over 16 ATEX lights to the new changes that include the use of anti-static plastic material and coatings in parts of the light. These updates vary for Zone 0, 1, & 2 lights and also by gas groups, and ensure the safest solutions for volatile environments”- said Greg Kang, Director of Product Development for lights at Peli Products.
The new ATEX Certified Safety Lights models will be announced soon.