Albion Valves UK Ltd has secured ATEX approval across their range of stainless steel valves.
ATEX is a directive from the European Union which requires member states, including the UK, to comply with health and safety regulations, designed to minimize the risk of fire or explosion arising from dangerous substances in the workplace. The new directive will become mandatory in April 2016.
The directive applies to electrical and mechanical equipment intended for use in potentially explosive atmospheres including; mines, factories, and sewage plants.
Securing ATEX approval means that Albion’s stainless steel valve range is certified for use in potentially explosive environments, and guaranteed not to spark if they come into contact with a combustible foreign body.
The directive also requires the traceability of products, including valves and fitting, to be ensured throughout the supply chain, ensuring that manufacturers, authorized representatives, importers and distributors all guarantee that the product they place on the market complies with this directive.
Les Littlewood, Albion Valves UK Ltd Sales Director said: “Ensuring that products and systems meet the requirements of the ATEX Directive can be a complex and time consuming process. We have taken this headache away from our distributors by doing the research and securing approvals well in advance of the new legislation.
“Our distributors can now have peace of mind that the products they buy are both compliant and fit for purpose.”