ATEX 94/9/EC, BS EN 14986:2007 is the directive on equipment and protective systems intended for use in potentially explosive atmospheres.
Commonly referred to as the ATEX Directive, it became British law in 1996, manufacturers had an option in complying with the regulations from 23 March 1994 up until final transition period end date of 1 July 2003.
The directive is now EU law and any equipment, electrical or mechanical, for installation within the EU member states must now comply.
Fans were identified as a major source of potential ignition and a CEN committee was set up to produce a standard specifically for the manufacture of fans for use in hazardous areas.
Halifax Fan personnel formed part of this advisory committee and were an instrumental part in its production.
Only companies with recognised quality certification are allowed to produce fans for installations requiring ATEX certification. Not surprisingly, Halifax Fan has been producing fans to the ATEX requirements for Group II equipment with gas and dust hazards for some time now and is one of the leading manufacturers in Europe.
ATEX is not only applicable to fans. Users of ATEX fans should also be aware of the implications in respect of their own installations. Our technical paper "Implications For Manufacturers" which was presented to the Institute of Mechanical Engineers in 2003 includes important information for fan users and can be viewed in our data bank.
As part of the ATEX Directive we have a duty to liaise with our customers and obtain particular information to enable us to select fans of the correct catagory and certification to satisfy application requirements. To assist you with your enquiries and to assist us to provide the appropriate proposals we offer our "ATEX Fan Enquiry Form" for completion and submission. Although this form is not mandatory, it is offered for advice and as a basis to discuss and agree your requirements.