Mitigate the Static Ignition Risks of Drum Filling with an Active Monitoring System
Protecting workers and company assets from ignitions caused by static electricity can’t be left to chance. In facilities where flammable and combustible products are processed, there’s a very high probability that static electricity is generated by the movement and agitation of vapours, liquids and solids.
In filling operations, thousands of drums of flammable liquids are filled worldwide every week and filling procedures vary from facility to facility. The risk of a fire or explosion caused by a discharge of static electricity in an EX/HAZLOC area is just too significant to ignore. However, despite the risks, good housekeeping, strict maintenance practices, and ignition risk identification, underpinned by static control mitigation measures, can ensure a safe working environment.
In industrial environments where there can potentially be flammable and combustible atmospheres, there are many metallic isolated conductors which, if not suitably earthed, can become statically charged to a hazardous level. Isolated conductors are likely sources of static ignition incidents in industry, ranging from small-scale fires through to major explosion damage and injury to facilities and personnel.
Mobile items of plant equipment such as drums and trolleys cannot be permanently connected to earth through the main plant structure due to the need to be transportable as part of the process operation. That said, it is an absolute minimum requirement that each vessel should be earthed whenever a flammable mixture could be present and those responsible for introducing control measures should be proactive in their approach.
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