The concepts ‘directives’ and ‘standards’ appear in practice to cause quite some confusion. A directive is a ‘law’ that obliges the member states to incorporate it into their national legislation; thus, a directive must be complied with. A ‘standard’ does not have legal status, but a voluntary character. Certain (harmonised) European standards give the manufacturer the so-called ‘presumption of conformity’ with the stipulations of the directive. For more on this, see our information page ‘Standards’.
Given below are brief summary descriptions of frequently-encountered directives; only the texts of the directives themselves are legally valid.
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To ensure the safety of your customers and your employees it is necessary to understand the risks associated with the machines and devices with which they are dealing.
The legislation in the field of explosion danger is in Europe split into two well-matched sub-areas: the ATEX 114 directive for manufacturers of explosion-proof equipment and the ATEX 153 for users of equipment in potentially explosive environments.