For the UK, a guide to the Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmosphere Regulations 2002 (DSEAR) appears on the website of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).
ATEX is a commonly used abbreviation to reference two European Directives concerning the protection of employees from the risk of explosion in areas with explosive atmospheres. The term ATEX derives from the French title of the directives: Appareils destinés à être utilisés en ATmosphères EXplosives.
All this information helps in identifying danger areas to which the regulations apply but the safe handling of drums in such areas has its own issues.
CHRO offers a wide range of drum handling equipment for safe manual handling in areas designated as Zones 1, 2, 21 & 22.
The patented Drum Trolley can be used for moving drums, Drum Depalletisers can lift drums from a pallet to the floor or onto a spill pallet whilst a Rollover Drum Cradle turns a drum through 90° ready for storing in Drum Racking. For smaller numbers of drums a Drum Dispensing Cradle allows the contents to be decanted whilst Drum Rotator Stackers accommodate the dispensing of all or a larger quantity of the drum’s contents.
If powered operation is needed, then pneumatic ATEX rated systems are also available. Critically, all drum handling equipment supplied by CHRO requires less than 25 kg of effort to lift drums weighing up to 250 kg and therefore comply with the Manual Handling Regulations and guidelines.