Explosion Protection Documentation
Directive ATEX 137 (99/92/EC) is a directive of the European Union which was adopted in Joint Decree 3/2003 (11st March) FMM-ESZCSM in Hungary. This Decree lays down minimum requirements for health and safety at work in potentially explosive atmospheres and the relating documentation requirements to be met by the operators. That is, ATEX 137 covers explosive working places.
Based on this Decree, the complete technology may be operated only if an explosion protection documentation is in place. The content requirements of the documentation are laid down in the above Decree. In the documentation, a great emphasis is laid on the exclusion of sources of ignition occurring in normal operation one by one, as well as on the summary of the experiences of the mandatory inspection reports, guaranteeing safe work for the employees working in explosive atmospheres.
The documentation supplemented with a risk assessment related to the employees is a general document able to show the risk levels of the individual working places in a quantitative way and provides also recommendations to reduce the risk level if necessary. The explosion protection documentation must be kept updated and must be reviewed and modified in the case of any change of the technology affecting explosion protection.
It must be noted that similarly to the above explosion protection documentation, Regulation 4/2001 (23rd February) GM on the minimum level of safety and health requirements to be met in mines requires the employers of miners to make a so-called “Explosion Prevention Plan” for the same purpose.
Drawing of the documentation is required in Joint Decree 3/2003 (11st March) FMM-ESZCSM on the minimum labour safety requirements relating to working places in potentially explosive atmospheres or Regulation 4/2001 (23rd February) GM on the minimum level of safety and health requirements to be met in mines.
A special team must be set up to draw the explosion protection documentation. In accordance with Paragraph 4(8) of Regulation 3/2003 (11st March) FMM-EszCsM, “The explosion protection inspection is a special labour safety activity and therefore a person with at least medium level fire prevention qualification must be involved in the inspection. This task may be performed also during the commissioning procedure specified in Paragraph 21 of the Act on health and safety at work.”
Based on Paragraph 9(1):“Drawing and inspection of the explosion protection documentation is a special labour safety activity and therefore a person with at least medium level fire prevention qualification must be involved in the inspection.”