I’m sure you are reading the title of this blog and are thinking to yourself, “well of course, safety is our main concern!” As much as we all hope that this is true, the reality is that some of these hazardous locations might come as a surprise, you might be using the wrong products or not following the proper safety procedures.
What is a Hazardous Location?
A hazardous location exists when a manufacturing, storage or handling process provides a fuel, consisting of a flammable gas, combustible dust, combustible flying or fiber, or some combination of these three elements. Those flammable components can be mixed with enough oxygen from the ambient air to form an explosive atmosphere between the Lower Explosive Limit (LEL) or Lower Flammable Limit (LFL) and the Upper Explosive Limit (UEL) or Upper Flammable Limit (UFL).
Lives are lost every year when electrical components are misapplied. Things get even worse when electrical components enter the complex world of hazardous locations. The presence of volatile compounds and elements can cause even the most seasoned industry veterans to scratch their heads. Coupled with the presence of multiple volatile elements, liabilities can make manufacturing and production susceptible to litigation when proper application and installation procedures are not followed.
Appleton put together a great Hazardous Locations Guide that provides a concise explanation of the various global classifications for hazardous locations.
The Hazardous Locations Guide can be downloaded HERE.
When specifying and installing hazardous location listed material, the ultimate responsibility lies on the end user coupled with their insurance underwriter. A pro-active audit by your insurance company can help ensure compliance and provide a certified safe environment for your employees.
Using the proper products that are designed for the specific classifications and ensuring they are properly installed will lessen the chance of safety issues. If you need more information regarding hazardous location products or require an assessment of your hazardous classified locations or installed product base, contact us today. We look forward to helping you maintain a safe workplace!