Performing Inspections and Operator Rounds using Intrinsically Safe Mobile Devices – By combining intrinsically safe hardware and inspection software solutions, maintenance operations can be initiated before installations are completely damaged, costs are saved, and security is greatly improved. Using intrinsically safe mobile devices to perform safety inspections and to record incidents, hazards and near misses as part of a safety management software solution means that industries such as oil and gas, chemical and mining can now avail of the benefits of mobility that are commonplace in other industries.
Hardware and the right applications help to digitize the inspection work due to less paperwork and less time to write reports and documentation that is needed. Thanks to mobile network technologies, captured data and photographs taken to document potential damage can be released in real time. Engineers at the headquarters can better and more easily analyze the data obtained, which leads to faster decision-making and increased workplace safety.
Intrinsic Safety – Zone / Divisions
Safety is highest priority
At all places where flammable substances are produced, processed, transported or stored, safety is extremely important – especially in the chemical industry, petrochemical industry, in oil and natural gas production and in mining.
In order to provide the highest level of safety possible, most states legislations have developed corresponding conditions in the form of laws, regulations and standards. These now have to be implemented by companies because the operator of a plant is solely responsible for safe operation in accordance with the directive 1999/92/EC.
The cause of an explosion:
Three elements are required to cause an explosion: Fuel (gas or dust), Oxygen O2 and any ignition source (e.g. electric sparks, hot surface, short-circuit, …).
The risk of an explosion is based on the probability of a fuel and oxygen (air) mixture occurring over time.
Intrinsically safe devices and equipment ensure that potential ignition sources are removed or prevented. By doing so, the risk of an explosion is completely eliminated.
The Zone Division in the International Electrotechnical Commission or IEC.
Areas subject to gas explosion:
Area in which an explosive atmosphere with a mixture of air and flammable substances in the form of gas, vapor or fog is present, either constantly or in the long term.
Area in which it must be assumed that an explosive atmosphere with a mixture of air and flammable substances in the form of gas, vapor or fog arises during normal operation.
Area in which it must be not assumed that an explosive atmosphere with a mixture of air and flammable substances in the form of gas, vapor or fog arises during normal operation and if so, then only rarely and for a short time.
Areas with Flammable Dust:
Area in which there is an explosive atmosphere in the form of a cloud of flammable dust in the air, constantly, in the long term or frequently.
Area in which is must be assumed that an explosive atmosphere in the form of a cloud of flammable dust in air sometimes occurs during normal operation.
Area in which is must not be assumed that an explosive atmosphere in the form of a cloud of flammable dust in air sometimes occurs during normal operation, and if this happens, then only for a short time.
The North American Division System:
The North American Division System considers only two possible likelihoods of explosive Fuel/Oxygen mixtures occurring:
A mixture of flammable gas, dust or vapor occurs permanently or occasionally. The same as Zone 1 and 0.
The mixture occurs only rarely and for a short amount of time. The same as Zone 2.
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