What and who are to be protected?
The explosion protection guidelines specify measures to prevent explosions and to protect employees from explosions in dangerous, potentially explosive atmospheres and the corresponding uncontrollable effects of fire and pressure as well as harmful products of the reaction.
A potentially explosive atmosphere is defined as a potentially explosive mixture of combustible gases, fumes, mists or dusts and air or oxygen. It becomes dangerous when it occurs in a hazardous quantity of more than 10 liters.
Explosion hazards originating from explosive substances and unstable substances and from physical processes are not included in the framework of explosion protection. These include hazards posed by explosives, compressed gas cylinders and steam boiler systems, for example.