When teams are working in hazardous areas, particularly in confined spaces where there is the potential for gases to build up undetected, it is essential that business owners provide their workers with explosion proof lighting such as LED lamps. Sometimes called EX areas, these locations tend to have the risk of explosive atmospheres, and are places of where flammable gases, vapors and liquids as well as combustible dust may occur in sufficient quantities to trigger explosions or fires. In order to prevent the risk of combustion, teams need to use equipment that reduces the risk of exposing flammable areas to sparks. Because it is so easy to trigger explosions, it is important to focus upon buying the right equipment for the hazardous location.
Protecting Against Explosion
The risk of explosion when working in a confined space has been known about for hundreds of years. Mining and other types of confined work have developed different types of lights which are suitable for illuminating the spaces, such as the safety lamp developed to protect miners. The issue with combustible elements is that many standard lighting tools, such as torches or lamps may initiate sparks, which could cause an explosion. In the standard lights, there is no protection that prevents the combustible element from coming into contact with the spark, and the risk of explosion is quite high. Modern safety lighting is designed to seal off the spark, so that gases and dust cannot penetrate into the light and trigger an explosion.
Working Within A Hazardous Environment
In order to comply with OSHA safety standards, you have to provide explosion proof lights which conform to one of two classes. This classification will depend upon how the illumination is rated, and how suitable they are for use in particular areas. For example, class I lighting is the rating for work in confined spaces, and is often used by people working in tight spaces such as those cleaning vessels, restoring plants ready for reuse, and operating in paint boots. A class 2 light will be used in areas where there is combustible dust present, or where munitions are being used. The rating is intended to indicate to the operator whether the light is suitable for use in a particular area.
Working To Protect Your Team
When part of your business involves working in these hazardous locations with a risk of explosion, it is important that you take the time to find suitable explosion proof lighting LED lamps that can protect your workers while also offering them a suitable level of illumination. You can choose from a variety of different LED lighting systems that we have available, including spotlights, lamps and even exit lights, designed to protect your workers from the risk of explosions and ensure that they are safe in their working environment. If you want to know more about the suitability of our LED lights for your hazardous location, contact LED Pros Worldwide today either online or by calling (844) 533-7767 now.