For over 30 years experience in Explosion Safety

Course Basic Knowledge Explosion Safety

ATEX CourseAn explosion hazardous area is an environment in which an explosive mixture of dust or gas can arise. The European ATEX directives are aimed at guaranteeing a safe working environment for employees. The two directives are:

  • 1999/92/EG (ATEX 153) on minimum requirements for improving the safety and health protection of workers potentially at risk from explosive atmospheres
  • 2014/34/EU (ATEX 114) on the harmonisation of the laws of the Member States relating to equipment and protective systems intended for use in potentially explosive atmospheres

All of the parties involved must possess a basic knowledge of the abovementioned ATEX directives in order to design and safely install, use and maintain tools and equipment for use in explosion-risk environments.


The training course provides a thorough basic knowledge of explosion safety. The laws and regulations underlying ATEX 153 (for employers and end users) and ATEX 114 (for manufacturers, importers and suppliers) are explained using practical examples. The examples specifically focus on the characteristics of the explosion-risk environment and the requirements that the equipment and machines must satisfy as a result.

The basic explosion safety course has been designed for machine builders, manufacturers, parties responsible for systems, managers, safety experts, users and other technical personnel that are affected by the specific requirements in an explosion-risk environment.

SubjectsBook Basic Knowledge on Explosion Safety

The following subjects are part of the course:

  • Explosions, how and why
  • The ATEX 114 and ATEX 153 directives
  • Assessing and avoiding the risk of explosion
  • Technical measures
  • Zoning for gas and dust
  • Organizational measures
  • Ignition sources
  • Protection of (non) electrical equipment
  • ATEX markings
  • Selection of equipment and components
  • Certificates and certification schedules

Your instructor

Marc Moolenaar is a member of the NEC 31 Standards Committee for Electrical equipment related to explosion hazards. He has spent over twenty years designing explosion-safe drive and control systems for Marine & Offshore applications. He is Managing Director of Artidor Explosion Safety B.V. since 2011 and as a manufacturer has focused daily on explosion safety, the ATEX directives and the underlying standards.


The level of the training course is intermediate vocational+ and the content of the training complies with the levels of the international IECEx 05 (Unit Ex 001) standard. After following the training course, you will be issued a certificate of participation.


The training course takes 1 day and will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The group size is limited to a maximum of 14 people. The cost of the training course, including coffee, tea, soft drinks, a good lunch and the book “Basic Knowledge of Explosion Safety” (hardcover, full color, 132 pages), is € 395,- per person excluding VAT.

The course will be scheduled after a minimum number of registrations. The course Basic Knowledge of Explosion Safety can also be held in-company and geared to your specific requirements. Feel free to contact us for more information.

This course is in Dutch only.