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The new EU ATEX Directive
came into force on 1 July 2003. The Directive covers electrical
and mechanical equipment and protective systems, which may be used
in potentially explosive atmospheres (flammable gases, vapours or
dusts.) The term "equipment" is defined as any item
which contains or constitutes a potential ignition source and which
requires special measures to be incorporated in its design and/or
its installation in order to prevent the ignition source from initiating
an explosion in the surrounding atmosphere. Obviously this
includes two-way radio transceivers!
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What the ATEX Directive
generally means in the real world, is that you can no longer buy
new, the same products which were previously classed as "intrinsically
safe" (TO USE IN THE EU), as all new products must be ATEX
approved. You can still purchase the old class of equipment
for use outside of the EU! If you owned the old class of equipment
prior to 1 July 2003, then you can continue to use it in a hazardous
location until it requires repair. If such radio equipment
requires repair, then it will not be able to be re-certified once
it has been fixed.
As a company who hire
such equipment, we are still permitted to hire the "old"
classification of intrinsically safe radios. However, we expect
to be replacing all our radios with a brand new ATEX Certified Radio
in the near future..... This new handheld transceiver will
be built using the latest techniques and will come with a modern
battery & accessories. It will be smaller, lighter and
more capable than previous transceivers. It will also be fully
submersible in water!!! Watch this space....
The Motorola GP900 Cenelec
and the Standard HX390 are currently our main intrinsically safe
units - ideal for Offshore Installations, Pipeline Operations, Onshore
Refinery & Storage Depots, etc. As a result of the new
ATEX regulations, the newer Motorola GP320 / GP340 can no longer
be supplied new with FM approval. However, we can still supply
accessories with I.S. approval such as batteries, speaker microphones,
& headsets etc.
Please use our contact
form to receive further information on hiring offshore.
Simply inform us of your requirements
and we will get back to you quickly with a quotation.