Author: Wayne Perry, Senior Technical Director, Kaeser Compressors, Inc.
In the past, seeing the term "Hazardous location" usually meant that the equipment being requested was destined for a chemical plant, refinery, or drilling platform. Today, we are seeing hazardous locations in sugar mills, grain storage facilities, add anywhere there may be flammable liquids, gases, or dust present. Hazardous areas are defined as areas where the presence of flammables gases or liquids, combustible dusts, or easily ignited fibers exist in sufficient concentrations to cause a fire or explosion, provided a source of ignition. These areas range from portions of a room to whole plant sites.
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Hazardous Area Classification Considerations