Industries & Applications

Hazardous Locations

The European Directive 94/9/EC, commonly referred to as the ATEX Directive, is a collection of European Union (EU) directives outlining equipment installed and operated in potentially explosive atmospheres. The ATEX directive, effective July 1, 2003, coordinates various technical and legal conditions throughout the EU and the European Economic Area (EEA). The intent of the directive is to ensure a high level of safety for the end-user by reducing the explosion risk through established design methods.

Since fans were identified as a major source of potential ignition, the European Committee for Standardization (CEN) published EN 14986 as a standard specifically for the manufacture of fans for use in hazardous areas. This standard is a guide allowing for a more straight forward approach to comply with the ATEX Directive.