Hazardous Area Electrical Classification: Should I Classify and What Guidelines Should I Use?
The risk of fire or explosion is a real concern for sites where flammable liquids, gases and vapors, or combustible dusts are present. Organizations must be vigilant to assure that they have measures in place to guard against the threat and preserve the safety of people, equipment, and assets. One area that requires special attention is around electrical equipment where faulty cables or other components can generate energetic sparks that ignite explosive atmospheres or trigger runaway fires.
This Focus Article examines the issue of safely maintaining electrical equipment to prevent the occurrence of fires and explosions. We cover:
- Regulatory requirements
- Classification schemes
- Guiding documents
- Performing a hazardous area electrical classification