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June 1, 2009

Avoiding Static Sparks In Hazardous Atmospheres

Relatively simple steps can be taken to mitigate risks associated with static electricity in process plants

Graham Tyers, Newson Gale Inc.

Anyone responsible for, or working in, potentially explosive atmospheres (Class I, II or III) is aware of the fact that all potential sources of ignition, including naked flames, hot surfaces and electrical sparking must be eliminated. Today, a variety of safety codes and guidelines (discussed below) specify safe working practices in hazardous areas, and provide specific guidance on how to control static electricity....

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