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Explosive atmospheres, a risk still minimized

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Since the 2000s, several companies in the Neo-Aquitaine territory have suffered industrial accidents due to explosions. Some of these explosions involve explosive atmospheres (ATEX). If their occurrence is limited, each industrialist can remember the explosions of a grain elevator in Blaye or the explosion of the AZF plant in September 2001 in Toulouse, due to their high human and financial cost. Contrary to popular belief, the risk of explosion is not limited to the chemical industries. The prevention of explosion risks in the industrial environment must therefore be increasingly integrated with the concerns of companies both for the safety of staff and the protection of the means of production. Damage both on a human level, but also economically, THE TPEs and ETIs must be able to engage safely in a solution by anticipating these risks.

What are the practical risks of ATEX?

An explosive atmosphere (ATEX) is the combination of an encounter of air with flammable substances in such a way that it produces an explosion, after the formation of an ATEX. If the territorial authority has an obligation to ensure the safety and protection of agents, companies must respect the application of general prevention principles that aim to limit the formation of ATEX zones.

Faced with the increase in the number of accidents related to Explosive Atmospheres, business leaders must take into account not only Article L230-2 of the Labour Code, but also carry out a study of the dangers by locating the ATEX sensitive areas. The latest standard was updated in 2016 and proposes an analysis method for the classification of ATEX zones.

What can be done to avoid risky situations?

Choosing the local can be a solution for many companies to anticipate this risky situation. This is particularly the case for a girondine company Atex Expertise, located in Saint-Selve, New Aquitaine, which proposes effective measures on its site to prevent all risks of explosion, including those that are not perceived at first sight. Through training and knowledge sharing, companies are better able to understand the physical phenomena that cause these industrial accidents.

In parallel to the offer offered by ATEX risk training organizations that have expertise in the field such as the National Institute of Industrial Environment and Risks or the National Institute of Research and Safety, companies can be accompanied by audit and consulting activities in ATEX. It is necessary to be able to identify perceived and unperceived occupational risks. This requires enforcement of regulations, but also dissemination and promotion of risk control.

Knowing that all companies that use flammable substances are affected by ATEX regulations, local companies offer tailored solutions including TPEs to prevent the risk of explosion in the industrial environment. The notion of anticipation is thus crucial since most accidents or explosions within companies can be avoided. This requires the transmission of knowledge to entrepreneurs, but also a follow-up of resolutions.



Atex Expertise

The AMET Occupational Health Organization

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