Hazardous Areas Articles

  • Human Error Threatens Safety in Hazardous Areas

    The top 5 problems identified in hazardous areas are Poor or no maintenance on flameproof (Ex d) enclosures. Due to corrosion—especially when equipment is installed outdoors—the Ex d protection is gone 2-3 years after installation. Incorrectly installed Ex d cable glands. Even if the combination of cable and gland is chosen correctly, the instructions on how to ...


    By Mettler - Toledo Int. Inc

  • Light Color Recommendations for Commercial and Industrial Spaces

    Commercial, recreational and industrial spaces, such as offices, construction sites and outdoor parking lots, have different lighting needs. In most cases, the activities conducted on the location dictates the type of luminaries used, brightness settings and colors of the lights. Light color is a salient aspect of lighting systems, due to its passive contributions to productivity and ...


    By Larson Electronics LLC

  • NEC Classifications and Divisions for Hazardous Locations

    Electrical equipment in hazardous (classified) locations present a serious threat for workers due to the existence of explosive dust and vapors. Examples of such facilities range from grain mills and gasoline stations to aircraft hangars and chemical manufacturing plants. To prevent devastating explosions that may occur from the ignition of combustible particles in the atmosphere, the National ...


    By Larson Electronics LLC

  • Benefits of intelligent valve actuation in very low temperature environments

    Introduction Rotork IQ technology is well established in the field of intelligent valve actuation. In addition to Rotork's double-sealed enclosure, 'non-intrusive' commissioning, data-logging and predictive maintenance capabilities, the latest IQ3 generation features an extended range of advanced functionality and communication capabilities. Hazardous area certified for operation at very low ...


    By Rotork

  • Hazardous Location LEDs in Chemical Manufacturing Facilities

    Employees inside chemical manufacturing plants are exposed to some of the most unforgiving work conditions in the industrial sector. This is because in such environments, workers are exposed to extreme temperatures, dust, volatile chemicals and invisible, explosive gases. Common protection methods against explosive risks include containment, segregation and prevention. Out of all the ...


    By Larson Electronics LLC

  • Case Study - Servicing an entire state with JHA

    Arizona Public Service (APS) is Arizona’s largest and longest-serving electric company, with the goal to create a sustainable energy future for Arizona. APS generates safe, affordable and reliable electricity for more than 1.2 million retail and residential customers in 11 of Arizona’s 15 counties. Situation APS operates almost 20 service centers across the ...

  • What is the best way to light up a building with colors?

    Need to light up a building with vibrant, energetic colors? Technological advancements in large image projection, industrial lighting and colored filters can be used to support elaborate lighting displays on buildings. Read on to learn about three effective methods for lighting up a building with colors. Best Method: Commercial Projector For a ...


    By Larson Electronics LLC

  • Don’t let your safety slip away

    What’s at Stake The banana peel has been a famous prop for slapstick comedy for decades, but there’s nothing funny about the number of injuries associated with slips, trips and falls. Slips, trip and falls consistently rank among the top causes of both disabling injuries and deaths in all types of workplaces, from construction sites, to manufacturing operations to warehouses to ...


    By SafetySmart

  • Commercial Pit Lighting recommendations, layouts and best practices

    Commercial Pit Lighting Recommendations, Layouts and Best Practices According to an article archived by Commercial Motor (published on May 25, 1973), inspection pits typically found in commercial repair garages are filled with dangerous hazards that could cause fatal accidents. The publication was one of the first organizations to acknowledge explosive hazards ...


    By Larson Electronics LLC

  • Women in safety: one size does not fit all

    Ill-fitting protective clothing and equipment is a critical problem in workplace safety. It deters workers from performing job-related tasks safely and efficiently. This problem is especially reliant for women in safety. More often than not, women who work at sites that require them to wear personal protective equipment (PPE) ‘make do’ with clothing and equipment designed for men ...


    By SafetySmart

  • Don’t Let the Pressure of Compressed Gas Get to You

    What’s at Stake? The hazards associated with compressed gas include oxygen displacement, fires, explosions, toxic effects from certain gases, reactivity and projectile concerns. What’s the Danger? An employee was killed when a compressed gas cylinder turned into a projectile because its valve was knocked off. Another worker suffocated after ...


    By SafetySmart

  • OSHA Sustainability Paper Notes Opportunity to Integrate Sustainability and Nanotechnology Research

    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released on December 20, 2016, a white paper entitled Sustainability in the Workplace: A New Approach for Advancing Worker Safety and Health. The paper highlights the importance of including worker safety and health in the growing movement toward sustainability and ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • Combustible Dust: It Doesn’t Take Much

    A dust accumulation of 1/32 of an inch deep—about the thickness of a dime—covering just five percent of a room’s surface area doesn’t sound like much, but it’s enough to cause a catastrophic explosion, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). Although good engineering and safety practices to prevent dust explosions have existed for decades, there ...


    By SafetySmart

  • Vacuuming Wood Dust Can be Hazardous

    It’s well known that wood dust is highly combustible, but the practice of removing it with vacuum trucks can also be dangerous, because of the potential buildup of static electricity. WorkSafeBC has issued a bulletin stating that “static electricity discharges can ignite wood dust and therefore must be eliminated or adequately controlled during vacuuming.” When wood dust or ...


    By SafetySmart

  • Housekeeping at Work – Don’t Sweep It Under the Rug

    What’s at Stake? Housekeeping at work is about much more than cleaning windows and sweeping up dust bunnies. Poor housekeeping can cause injuries, slow down production, dampen morale, start fires and cause catastrophic explosions of combustible dusts. What’s the Danger? A messy workplace not only affects workers’ ...


    By SafetySmart

  • Enterprise Mobile Apps – Don’t Just Shrink the Screen

    Do you have a smart phone? I do, and chances are you do as well. In fact, research from Mary Meeker shows that today there are over $2.5 billion smartphone users around the world. Much like the internet before it smart phones and the rising use of mobile devices is a technology trend that is influencing many facets of our lives ...


    By Intelex Technologies Inc.

  • Frostbite And Hypothermia Hazards

    Hypothermia and frostbite can be two of the serious consequences of working outdoors in winter weather. Hypothermia is a dangerous lowering of the body’s temperature by exposure to cold or wet conditions. Actually, the air temperature doesn’t have to be particularly low to cause hypothermia – just getting wet and chilled can do the same thing. Hypothermia can be fatal. ...


    By SafetySmart

  • 12,000 U.S. schools are within a mile of a hazardous chemical facility. What should we do about that?

    In the absence of a federal U.S. policy for schools located near potentially dangerous sites, community activists search for safer solutions. On April 17, 2013, an explosion and fire at the West Fertilizer Company plant in West, Texas, killed 15 people and injured hundreds. It also destroyed more than 150 buildings around the plant. Among these were the West Intermediate School for 4th and ...


    By Ensia

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