ATEX Intrinsically Safe Radio
Special circumstances require special communication tools. When working with explosive materials or in hazardous areas, conventional CB and VHF radios do not provide sufficient safety. These devices can cause sparks, which can easily lead to an accident. Our range of ATEX explosion-proof radios will stand up to any conditions!
When do you need an explosion-proof ATEX radio?
Explosive gases, dusts and vapours are present in many areas of industry, whether working in water, on land or underground.
Perhaps the most typical area of explosion hazard, as various gases, liquids and solids can easily cause explosions.
Natural gas is a particularly flammable substance, so only special radios can provide adequate safety in this case.
Coal is not an explosion hazard in itself, but it can cause an accident if it turns to dust.
A port has to load fuel and other dangerous liquefied gases on a daily basis.
Cement dust is extremely explosive, so protection is key.
Refining oil releases oil vapour which can explode at the slightest spark.
The list is of course far from exhaustive. Explosion hazards can occur virtually anywhere where combustible materials (gases, liquids, solids), ignition sources and oxygen are present.
Read more about the ATEX standard
All explosion-proof radios available in our webshop are ATEX certified. But what exactly does this mean? Well, ATEX (Atmosphere EXplosible) is a European Union standard that defines the conditions that an explosion-proof system, equipment and components must meet. The ATEX Directive also regulates the explosive atmospheres in which equipment of which classification class can be used. Explosion-proof equipment must bear the ATEX classification and all such equipment must have a written type approval.
Classification of hazardous areas
- Zone 0: The source of the hazard may be gas, vapour or mist and the risk may be permanent or of long duration. The equipment used here must provide a very high level of safety (category II 1 G).
- Zone 1: The source of the hazard is also gas, vapour or mist, but is intermittent. A high level of safety is required (II 2 G).
- Zone 2: The source of danger is the same as in the previous zones, but only occasionally, and only for a short period. Zone requiring normal security (II 3 G).
- Zone 20: Dust is a permanent or long-lasting source of danger requiring a very high level of safety (II 1 D).
- Zone 21: Occasional dust is a hazard and therefore requires a high level of safety (II 2 D).
- Zone 22: Risk of accident due to occasional but short-lived dust. Requires high or standard safety (II 2 D electrically conductive dust) or II 3 D (non-electrically conductive dust).
Branded explosion-proof ATEX radios from DND
We offer Icom, Motorola and Entel radios in a wide range of designs. In addition to professional URH radios, explosion-proof ATEX marine radios and PMR 446 radios are also available. While the former can be used in a port or on board a ship for example, when transferring explosive goods, while still being able to communicate with normal ship radios, the ATEX PMR 446 radios are free-band radios that can be used without a radio licence and can also communicate with conventional PMR walkie-talkie radios. Our professional URH radios are available in VHF and UHF bandwidths and can be operated with repeaters in a single system. Professional boat and URH radios, on the other hand, require a licence, but our specialists can help you with the radio licence.
All explosion-proof radios can also communicate with conventional radios, and PMR 446 radios can even communicate with PMR walkie-talkies. Important advice: Before purchasing, always check the ATEX zone classification in which you intend to use the radio and choose the type accordingly.
Contact us if you have any further questions or need help with your purchase!