Purchasing EX equipment can be a solid investment for the long term, saving costs with more durable and reliable equipment. Though it may appear to be a money-saver on the surface, investment in cheaper options generally ensures you get a lower-quality product. These are frequently lacking the necessary certification for use in certain environments, which is a particularly pertinent consideration for work in a hazardous environment in industries like mining, drilling and excavation. The consequence of this is higher costs associated with repairs and replacements, and even potential safety risks if non-EX equipment is used in an environment with flammable gases. Though the upfront cost may be higher, investing in quality EX-certified equipment like that supplied by SA Equip is a more shrewd and sensible choice for the long-term.
Investing in quality
In any industry, there is no substitute for genuine quality when it comes to the tools and equipment you use. Take the example of excavating new mining operations. If you encounter the presence of flammable gases in subterranean environments, you have some special considerations that need to be addressed.
- You will need to vent the area to minimise the presence of these gases, but the machines that do this work must not be a fire or explosion risk.
- You will need lighting to illuminate the space, but the lighting must not risk igniting the gases.
- You will need generators to power your tools, but these also must not be an extra hazard.
In short, you need reliable equipment that enables workers to do their work in a safe and productive manner. This can only be achieved through investment in quality that has all the necessary certification and is built to last. As previously stated, there are no shortcuts in this regard. You need to make the necessary investment upfront to bring quality equipment into your operations, and it will save you money in the long term.What does it mean to be EX certified?
EX marking standards refer to the ATEX Directives, helping you to meet fundamental health and safety regulations in the EU. In order to meet compliance standards, all products must be rigorously tested to ensure they meet the strict requirements to be eligible to bear the EX mark. There are 2 ATEX Directives:
- Directive 99/92/EC outlines minimum requirements for protecting workers at risk from explosive atmospheres.
- Directive 94/9/EC directs the laws of EU member states regarding equipment and protective systems in potentially explosive atmospheres.
Compliance with these standards is not easy to achieve, which is why cheaper products frequently fail to deliver on such high standards. It is essential to ensure maximum safety in dangerous environments, as there can be extreme risk of serious injury otherwise.
Equipment that is ATEX certified has been fully tested and will never generate a spark that could potentially ignite gases in an explosive atmosphere. Extreme work environments often tend to have extremes of temperature and air pressure, and involve hazards that could cause impact damage to equipment. This is why EX equipment is usually very robust and durable, maximising its lifespan and truly limiting the threat to the safety of workers.
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