In many industries where the workplace can be a potentially explosive environment, achieving the required safety standards in these so-called Ex zones requires specialized efforts. With these efforts come many challenges.
The challenges of ATEX environments
Ex zones often involve people working in outside conditions, frequently with open entrance and exits, or manually operated doors. It can be hard to efficiently reduce and contain these areas; and some businesses can find themselves using products that are not ATEX certified, which can actually compromise safety.
Ensuring ATEX compliance
Plus, the list of national regulations and rules for workplaces and international standards for equipment is even more complex and lengthy, and employers must adhere to checklists that confirm their business is fully compliant to health and safety requirements.
Aside from the obvious need to ensure employee safety, there are also financial considerations. For instance, in the event of an accident, insurance companies need to assess who or what is liable for the accident, and their findings can affect the possibility of financial compensation.
How ATEX certified doors increase safety and savings
The main function of fully ATEX-certified doors in these environments is to close off these spaces and prevent drafts, thereby maximizing safety and security. There are also additional benefits of energy savings, optimized flow of people and goods and reduced risk of contamination.
Partitioning to maximize efficiency
Installing doors to partition areas will limit the surface area that must meet ATEX requirements. Doors require little space and, if the door is fully ATEX certified, help minimize extra administrative work.
Ex zones are costly to manage because they require special explosion-proof equipment, certifications, inspections and extra safety measures. By offering partitioning solutions, ATEX doors can reduce these related costs.