Explosion Protection Document

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Explosion Protection Document

should confirm that a given workplace meets the minimum legal requirements for explosion safety. However, several hundred studies conducted by us show that over 80% of plants do not meet these requirements.


EPD in theory

According to the law, the Explosion Protection Document should demonstrate that a given plant meets the minimum requirements for explosion safety. Then the management/owner confirms this by signing a special statement, which is an integral part of the EPD. Thus, the management/owner takes responsibility for explosion safety in this plant.

EPD in practice

Based on our experience, over 80% of plants do not meet the minimum requirements of the ATEX directive, which must be demonstrated in the Explosion Protection Document. In such a case, the management has two solutions. Either sign the statement in the EPD stating that the plant meets the explosion safety requirements – thereby confirming an untruth – or not sign the mentioned statement and pay for a document that is invalid.

ATEX AUDIT before the Explosion Protection Document at no extra cost

ATEX Audit

The cheapest and most cost-effective method to assess whether your plant meets the requirements of the ATEX directive is to conduct an ATEX AUDIT. Importantly, in the case of further cooperation, the cost of the audit is deducted from the price of preparing the Explosion Protection Document, so you do not incur any additional costs.

The audit will help you identify critical areas in your plant and set priority tasks, the implementation of which will most strongly contribute to improving explosion safety. The aim of the audit is therefore to initiate the process of adapting the plant to the requirements of the ATEX directive, which will be spread over time.

We prepare Explosion Protection Documents (known as EPD) for:

  • Existing facilities and process installations that do not have the respective document
  • Installations and facilities where changes affecting the level of explosion safety have been made (e.g., changes in technology, raw materials, use of new devices, etc.)

Importantly, the Explosion Protection Documents prepared by the WOLFF GROUP always include an explosion risk assessment and classification of explosion hazard zones.

Model approach to explosive safety in an industrial plant

Model approach to explosive safety in an industrial plant

Step 1
ATEX Audit

During the ATEX Audit, we will focus on deficiencies in explosive safety and indicate tasks that should be performed first to have the strongest impact on safety improvement.

Model approach to explosive safety in an industrial plant

Step 2
Protection Concept

The result of the ATEX Audit is also a preliminary concept of protecting the installation from explosion. It allows estimating the costs of protections. After testing the explosiveness parameters of the dust from the installation, we move on to the final concept and design.

Model approach to explosive safety in an industrial plant

Step 3
Design and selection of protections

After accepting the concept and testing the explosiveness parameters of the dust from the installation, we proceed to the final selection of explosion protections and create a design that takes into account all required changes in production.

Model approach to explosive safety in an industrial plant

Step 4
“Turnkey” delivery and installation

We coordinate the entire delivery and installation process of protections. We have our own service teams with experience in performing installation without the need to stop the investor’s plant operation.

Model approach to explosive safety in an industrial plant

Step 5
Execution of ERA and EPD

We conduct a post-implementation Explosion Risk Assessment (ERA) and prepare (or update) the Explosion Protection Document (EPD). We usually also conduct training for the crew in the field of explosive safety.

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