Released On 11th May 2015
ATEX Two Way Safety Radios
Any work environment that is potentially explosive, for example oil, gas, mining or chemical installations, could be hazardous for operating radio equipment. Electrical sparks or heat from two way radios can make them a source of ignition, causing injuries and even loss of life.
In 2003 the ATEX (Atmospheres Explosibles) Directive 94/9/EC was introduced by the European Union. This seeks to ensure that intrinsically safe equipment and systems, including two way radios, are used by workers in potentially explosive atmospheres.
Intrinsically safe radios
“Intrinsically safe” is an expression you might hear frequently when applied to the use of electrical equipment in hazardous environments. In the case of two way radios, it means the device is safe to use where the presence of a spark, heat or flame could create a safety hazard.
Intrinsically safe, ATEX-approved radios are manufactured to very stringent requirements to reduce or eliminate the risk of generating even the tiniest spark. They must also limit the heat produced by the device. From the radio-casing to the batteries they use, everything is constructed with safety in mind.
Not all two way radios meet ATEX standards, though many leading manufacturers have ATEX-approved radios in their range, including Motorola, Kenwood, Vertex and Icom. ATEX digital radios usually contain many of the enhanced features you’d expect from modern radios.
Environments that may require ATEX-approved two way radios
There are many situations in which radios are critical to effective operations, yet standard two way radios could make a hazardous environment even more dangerous.
- emergency scenes attended by fire, ambulance and police services
- oil rigs & refineries
- gas mains
- coal mines
- chemical plants
- engine rooms
Intrinsically safe, ATEX-approved radios, as well as accessories such as microphones and headsets, are essential for safe communication in these environments and many others.
At RadioTrader, you can expect expert advice for choosing and installing ATEX radio systems in your business or organisation.