Explosion Protection Certification for Equipment
OverviewExplosion Protection Certification for your Equipment or Products
If you manufacture or sell electrical and/or mechanical equipment, components or protective systems for use in – or in conjunction with – potentially explosive atmospheres in the European Union (EU) or worldwide, your products need to comply to relevant standards and/or directives also to meet certification requirements.
TÜV Rheinland, a globally accepted Notified Body and Ex Test Laboratory and Certification Body, tests and certifies your product in compliance with regional applicable standards.
Beyond the equipment testing and certification TÜV Rheinland offers product manufacturers factory inspection and field evaluation as required by the worldwide applicable explosion protection standards or directives.
Worldwide different certification schemes defining safety levels of products for use in hazardous areas exist, like for example ATEX for Europe, Inmetro for Brazil, Hazloc for the US, TIIS for Japan etc.. Although safety is the driving force of all schemes, their product scope, classification of application areas and operational requirements differ.
Our TÜV Rheinland experts can support you to determine which certification scheme is more suitable for your equipment and covers EU and/or global explosion protection standard and directive requirements.
Benefits at a Glance
With Explosion Protection Certification Services from TÜV Rheinland, you can:
- Ensure compliance with occupational health and safety requirements worldwide, ensuring employee and facility safety.
- Achieve full compliance by TÜV Rheinland Explosion Protection Certification prior to product placement.
- Gain a lead against the competition and increase market access with a worldwide acknowledged certificate of a globally accepted Notified Body and Ex Test Laboratory and Certification Body.
- Benefit from TÜV Rheinland’s global presence, with access to explosion protection (Link zur angestimmten “Ex-Protection website” experts available in many of our major locations to help identify local regulations, directives and requirements and assist with Explosion Protection Certification.
- Dramatically reduced approval time and associated cost by using harmonized standards and common test protocols.
- Reduce risk of company liability with documented safety standards.
- Benefit from fast audit times and our long-standing experience.
- Benefit from TÜV Rheinland’s exclusive, one-stop service.
System Certification (Factory Inspection)
Trainings and Workshops
- Plants/Installations: Risk Analysis, field inspection, expert services
TÜV Rheinland’s approach to Explosion Protection Certification:
- Provide customer with a full report, along with a CD-ROM of X-ray (Bedeutung hier von X-Ray ?), where necessary.
- Determine all applicable directives and standards essential for Explosion Protection Certification.
- Decide on a conformity route, as the inspection of certain products or implemented protection methods require the involvement of an accredited Notified Body.
- Test products, pre-products, components and assemblies according to all health and safety requirements.
- Evaluate results and report findings.
- Prepare technical file compliant to specific requirements for Explosion Protection Certification.
- Prepare declaration of conformity documents.
- Confirm compliance with the directive through EX-mark or EX-proof.
- Type approval and certification.
TÜV Rheinland offers intelligent solutions for maximum safety, functionality, and trouble-free operation of equipment and systems meant to be launched in European and global markets. From design to manufacturing, installation and operation, TÜV Rheinland has the necessary expertise, accreditations and procedures to enable product manufacturers to successfully achieve certification. Our TÜV Rheinland Explosion Protection Certification experts are also available to share their extensive and comprehensive knowledge in trainings and additional expert services.
Our experts are familiar with the similarities and differences of various local regulations and international directives or requirements. Benefit from our expertise down to the smallest detail from product conception right through to production.
ATEX95 (ATmosphère Explosive) – Europe
The ATEX Directive applies to all electrical and mechanical equipment, components, protective systems, and specified safety-, control- and regulating devices intended for use in or in conjunction with potentially explosive atmospheres and made or sold within the European Union. This includes electrical and mechanical equipment and protective systems for use on surface or mining areas . Ultimately, the ATEX95 (94/9/EC) Directive pertains to all equipment, protective systems, safety devices, controlling devices, regulating devices, and components (defined essential to the safe functioning of equipment).
Compliance with the ATEX95 Directive has been mandatory since July 1, 2003. Manufacturers of equipment falling under the scope of the ATEX Directive are responsible for meeting the general requirements of Annex II by applying all relevant occupational health and safety standards based on the design and “protection methods” of the product.
ATEX Certification forms a part of the CE Marking Requirements, which subjects all products under the scope of the ATEX Directive to CE marking. In addition, manufacturers must meet specific responsibilities prior to introducing equipment to the European market.
If you are interested in TÜV Rheinland’s ATEX Certification services, you may also be interested in these testing services:
- Factory Inspection
- Other TÜV Rheinland Services for Plants and Machinery
IECEx – worldwide / Australia and New Zealand
(International Electrotechnical Commission for Certification to Standards relating to Equipment for use in Explosive Athmospheres)
While ATEX95 certification enables trade within Europe, IECEx verifies compliance of electrical equipment for explosive atmospheres in order to facilitate international trade in equipment and services while maintaining the required level of safety. It is primarily used to grant access to the markets in Australia and New Zealand. Beyond that all participating Ex Test Laboratories share and accept their Ex Test Reports, therewith just the “National Differences” need to be tested additionally.
IECEx is directly referenced to IEC standards relating to equipment for use in explosive atmospheres.
If you are interested in TÜV Rheinland’s IECEx Certification services, please refer to the following website: www.iecex.com
Hazloc (Hazardous Locations) – USA
Hazloc certification primarily concerns North America. The acronym stands for Hazardous (Classified) Locations, referring to any industry that processes, uses or manufactures materials that may give rise to a flammable atmosphere (gas, mist, liquid, dusts or even small fibers). These atmospheres are potentially explosive and therefore qualify as a hazardous location.
The US National Electrical Code (NEC) is the primary source of reference for hazardous locations within the USA. Although the terms are defined by the United States, they have a lot in common with the EU and IEC requirements. US participation in writing IECEx procedures and IEC standards has also meant that US standards are slowly moving towards harmonization with the IEC (and EN) standards. However, for now, significant differences remain between equipment standards and definitions of hazardous areas.
Hazloc certification includes product testing and assessment as well as factory inspection.
INMETRO (National Institute of Metrology Standardization and Industrial Quality) - Brazil
In Brazil, certification bodies must be accredited by INMETRO.
INMETRO certification is mandatory for electrical products that are intended to be placed onto the Brazilian market, according to the rule 179.
The equipment testing and certification is originally based on IEC standards, which are consequently transferred to Brazilian ABNT NBR standards.
TIIS (Technology Institution of Industrial Safety) - Japan
The Explosion Protection certification in Japan is an explosion-proof certification done by the Technology Institute of Industrial Safety (TIIS).
Based on the declaration of TÜV Rheinland as a “Designated Foreign Inspection Body” for Explosion-Proof Services in Japan, manufacturers of explosion protection related products can now utilize the TÜV Rheinland test report in order to obtain approval for export to Japan.
The Japanese TIIS takes the TÜV Rheinland test report over as a basis. The “National Differences” need to be covered additionally. Thanks to this agreement, customers now have the advantage of being able to apply for two approvals, European ATEX and Japanese Explosion-Proof Certification, with a single test format.
Conformity Certification of Explosion Proof - China
TÜV Rheinland do have MOU’s (Memorandum of Understanding) with the Chinese Test and Certification Bodies NEPSI, CQST and PCEC.
On the basis of TÜV Rheinland’s ATEX- and/or IECEx Test Reports a Chinese Certificate of Explosion Proof can be derived.
TÜV Rheinland assists in this procedure, according to the “One Stop Certification” idea.
Further Ex-Certification Schemes worldwide – Korea / Russia / others
TÜV Rheinland has further contacts, agreements to Ex-Test and Certification Bodies worldwide.
Therewith we can assist in gathering of further certifications like for Russia (GOT-R) and Korea.
Products covered within TÜV Rheinland Explosion Protection Certification Services
Electrical and non-electrical equipment used in potentially explosive atmospheres.
- Safety devices.
- Controlling devices.
- Regulating devices.