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dnaSRPS EN IEC 60079-26:2019

Explosive atmospheres - Part 26: Equipment with Separation Elements or combined Levels of Protection

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European Norm



IEC 60079-26:2021 specifies requirements for construction, testing and marking for Ex Equipment that contains parts of the equipment with different Equipment Protection Levels (EPLs) and a separation element. This equipment is mounted across a boundary where different EPLs are required, for example between different gas hazardous areas, dust hazardous areas or gas hazardous areas adjacent to dust hazardous areas.

Separation elements are considered for both electrical and non-electrical equipment. If mechanical energy can be transformed into a potential ignition source, additionally an ignition hazard assessment in accordance with ISO 80079-36 is performed and appropriate measures are undertaken.

This document also specifies requirements for the combination of two Types of Protection, each with EPL Gb, to achieve EPL Ga.

This document supplements and modifies the general requirements of IEC 60079-0. Where a requirement of this document conflicts with a requirement of IEC 60079-0, the requirement of this document takes precedence. This fourth edition cancels and replaces the third edition and constitutes a technical revision.

Please see the IEC 60079-26:2020 foreword for a description of the main changes with respect to the previous edition.

Related directives

Directives related to this standard.


Directive 2014/34/EU Of The European Parliament And Of The Council of 26 February 2014 on the harmonisation of the laws of the Member States relating to equipment and protective systems intended for use in potentially explosive atmospheres (recast)

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Adopted from FprEN IEC 60079-26:2020

Adopted from IEC 60079-26:2021 ED4 IDENTICAL