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Understanding ATEX/PESO Certification: Ensuring Safety and Compliance for Equipment Used in Hazardous Areas

Introduction To ATEX / PESO Certification

ATEX and IECEx certifications are for products used in explosive atmospheres. The objective of the ATEX and IECEx System is to facilitate trade and use of equipment and services in explosive atmospheres, while maintaining the required level of safety.

IECEx – IECEx is the international standard
ATEX – ATEX is a legal prerequisite accepted internationally
Ex (electrical) – Equipment used in Hazardous areas: Required in India
PESO – Indian Regulator of equipment used in hazardous areas

How do we define EX equipment?​

All the equipment that is stored, traded and used in hazardous areas like but not limiting to

Automotive refuelling stations or petrol stations

Oil refineries, rigs and processing plants

Chemical processing plants
Printing industries, paper and textiles

Hospital operating theatres

Aircraft refuelling and hangars
Surface coating industries

Underground coalmines

Sewerage treatment plants

Gas pipelines and distribution centers
Grain handling and storage

Woodworking areas

Sugar refineries

Metal surface grinding, especially aluminium dusts and particles
India being a member of IECEx forum, the testing and certification as per the standards of IECEx is accepted.
For approval of Ex (Electrical) Equipment for use/installation in Hazardous Areas in various defined zones, requires approval by the Chief Controller of Explosives.

C-PRAV is here to help you with:

Various types of protection techniques to make the electrical and electronic equipment safe for use in Hazardous Areas.
Testing and Approvals for equipment used in Hazardous areas

Approvals of Ex (electrical) Equipment used in Hazardous areas in India

Petroleum and Explosives Safety Organisation

Petroleum and Explosives Safety Organisation (PESO) is a regulatory authority with autonomous status, headquartered at Nagpur.
It is a department with a history of over a century, completing 100 years in September 1998, and was formerly known as the Department of Explosives.
This Organisation comes under, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade, Government of India.

C-PRAV provides services for

Petroleum Act, 1934

Petroleum Rules 2002

Calcium Carbide Rules 1987

Cinematographic Films Rules, 1948

Explosives Act, 1884

Explosive Rules 2008

Gas Cylinder Rules 2004

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