Author: Derry Sheehan, managing director, Avonmore Electrical Ltd
Explosive (Ex) areas in facilities can be known by different names such as ‘hazardous locations’, ‘hazardous areas’, ‘explosive atmospheres’ and relate to areas where flammable liquids, vapours, gases or combustible dusts are likely to occur in quantities sufficient to cause a fire or explosion. The increase in workplace safety has meant an increased need for Ex equipment. Such equipment is termed ‘Ex apparatus’.
Industry today is all about risk management – and investment in the maintenance of Ex apparatus will result in dramatic risk reduction. Ex equipment is used in diverse areas, but is typically found in: