Hazardous Gas Explosion Protection
Explosive atmospheres can be caused by flammable gases, mists or vapours or by combustible dusts. If there is enough of a substance, mixed with air, then all it needs is a source of ignition to cause an explosion. The effects of an explosion or a fire in the workplace can be devastating in terms of lives lost, injuries, significant damage to property and the environment, and to the business community.
Explosive atmospheres can be caused by flammable gases, mists or vapours or by combustible dusts. If there is enough of a substance, mixed with air, then all it needs is a source of ignition to cause an explosion.
The use of electrical equipment will depend upon geo-graphic region. In Europe, ATEX is the name commonly given to the legal requirements for controlling explosive atmospheres and the suitability of equipment and protective systems used in them. Airacom provides a range of intrinsically safe, ATEX certified smartphones and tablets, safe operation within Ex hazardous areas.
Gases, Mists and Vapours, Know The Dangers
An explosion on site, in a refinery, chemical plant or any other location can be catastrophic and cause employee deaths, injuries, and destruction of entire buildings
Fuel for Devastating Explosions
An explosion on site, in a refinery, chemical plant or any other location with a high concentration of flammable gases, mists or vapours within the atmosphere can be catastrophic and cause employee deaths, injuries, and destruction of entire buildings. Industries are heavily regulated and stringent regulations are in-place globally to prevent the unauthorised use of equipment not certified for use.
The fuel for devastating explosions. March 23rd, 2005, 15 workers were killed and 170 more were injured after the Texas City Refinery explosion occurred when a hydrocarbon vapour cloud exploded at the ISOM isomerization process unit. The accident investigation report stated that the direct cause of the accident was heavier–than-air hydrocarbon vapours combusting after coming into contact with an ignition source. CBS News
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Flammable Liquid Classification
Flammable liquids are classed as:
Liquids which have a flashpoint lower than 0°C and a boiling point (or, in the case of a boiling range, the initial boiling point) lower than or equal to 35°C.
Liquids which have a flashpoint below 21°C but which are not extremely flammable.
Liquids which have a flashpoint equal to or greater than 21°C and less than or equal to 55°C and which support combustion when tested in the prescribed manner at 55°C.