Controlling Static Hazards when Handling FIBCs in Potentially Hazardous Atmospheres
The movement of product during filling or emptying of FIBC bags can generate a large amount of electrostatic charge. The Flexible Intermediate Bulk Container (FIBC) causes an electrostatic charge of equal intensity, on the inner surface, but with an opposite polarity on the outer surface. This accumulated electrostatic charge always seeks a conductive path to ground. The quantity of the electrostatic charge depends on the characteristics of the product, filling or emptying rate. In the USA and Canada, guidance for safe use of FIBCs in regards to hazardous areas and hazardous locations in NFPA® 77 and IEC TS 61340-4-4 in Europe/ROW.
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