Fundamentals of Static Electricity in Hazardous Area Industries
To people in everyday life static electricity is simply an annoyance. In industries where hazardous materials are handled, static electricity is a very real and unseen hazard that can act as a catalyst for fires or explosions in flammable and combustible atmospheres. It is often misunderstood and is a volatile source of ignition encountered in modern industry. Static electricity is, by definition, an insidious and therefore difficult to detect, phenomenon. Despite this commonly held perception the generation of electrostatic charge can be predictable and potentially controllable.
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