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What is an ATEX Rated Drum Crusher?

An ATEX rated drum crusher is a specialised device designed for crushing drums and barrels that contain hazardous or explosive materials in potentially explosive atmospheres. The term "ATEX" refers to the European Union's directive for controlling explosive atmospheres in industrial settings. These rules also apply in the UK. (ATEX is short for the French 'Atmospheres Explosibles' or explosive atmospheres.)


The Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulation 2002 (DSEAR) place duties on employers to eliminate or control the risks from explosive atmospheres in the workplace.

ATEX-rated drum crushers are designed to be used in environments where explosive atmospheres can occur, such as chemical plants, oil refineries, and other industrial facilities. These crushers are built with special features that prevent sparks or electrical discharges that could ignite flammable or explosive substances.


Some common features of ATEX-rated drum crushers include:

  • Explosion-proof motors and control systems
  • Spark-resistant materials and components
  • Grounding provisions to prevent static electricity buildup
  • Ventilation and air flow controls to prevent the buildup of explosive concentrations of gases or vapours.

ATEX-rated drum crushers are essential tools for safely disposing of hazardous waste in potentially explosive environments, and they play a crucial role in protecting workers and preventing accidents. 


Drums or barrels are costly to dispose of when uncompacted. They are full of air and fill containers quickly. Using a drum crusher not only reduces disposal costs considerably, it also helps reduce your carbon footprint and meet your internal waste goals.


In addition, there is a rebate available from the metal waste contractor for the used drums. 


Bergmann ATEX-rated drum crushers are hydraulic with either 9T or 15T pressure.

If you would like to learn more about the ATEX Rated Drum Crusher and how it could help your business, please contact us or call on 01522 692888.