Classification of hazardous locations
by Z Jooma, e-Hazard
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Electricity+Control, March 2013 (pages 36 - 39)
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Hazardous areas are well regulated via local and international legislation and standards. Even with the presence of pertinent standards, establishing and maintaining a programme is not well understood by a large contingent of industries. Many outsource this responsibility and any risk-averse consultant would rather be cautious in the classification. This will no doubt increase the cost of compliance and maintenance. It is thus imperative that industry accepts responsibility in educating, training and exposing personnel to the basic processes of hazardous locations. This article emphasises the importance of developing and establishing a hazardous locations committee and the identification process. The classification process is somewhat more technical; however, following the guidelines discussed will assist the end user in getting a programme initiated.
- Safety in hazardous locations can be resolved by following the standards, a process that is, theoretically at least, fairlyly straight foward.
- Implementing a legally compliant programme of safety management in hazardous locations poses a significant challenge.
- It is important that industry accepts responsibility in educating, training and exposing personnel to the basic processes of hazardous locations.