The International Electrotechnical Commission has published a new Technical Specification called IEC 60079-32-1: “Explosive atmospheres - Part 32-1: Electrostatic hazards - Guidance”. This Technical Specification is a guidance document which is the latest addition to the IEC series of 60079 “Explosive Atmospheres” standards that are designed to limit fires and explosions caused by electrical malfunctions within hazardous locations.
Newson Gale Inc.460 Faraday Avenue Bldg C
Static control for hazardous areas
For over 30 years, Newson Gale has been leading the way in hazardous area static grounding control, serving industries where processes generating static electricity have the potential to ignite flammable or combustible atmospheres.
In many branches of industry, hazardous (explosive) atmospheres exist due to the presence of flammable liquid vapors, gases, dusts and fibers. No matter how the explosive atmosphere is classified, it is vital that all potential ignition sources are eliminated, and Static Electricity is perhaps the most insidious of them all. Static Electricity is generated in industry by virtually all operations and processes involving movement - for example product transfer, mixing and size reduction. Fires and explosions can occur owing to uncontrolled static discharge from plant, people and materials, and these commonly result in civilian injuries and fatalities, as well as significant financial losses in direct property damage and plant downtime.
To help control these risks, Newson Gale offers a wide range of static grounding and bonding equipment which is purpose made to provide optimum safety in explosive atmospheres and other hazardous operating environments. The Newson Gale® range prevents static charge accumulation by using practical and innovative design, and ensures effective static control on three levels: -
- Earth-Rite® series of static ground indicators and interlock systems
- Bond-Rite® series of self testing static grounding clamp units
- Cen-Stat™ series of static grounding and bonding clamps, cables, reels and test instruments
Newson Gale has a wealth of experience gained in controlling static electricity in explosive atmospheres.
The Earth-Rite Mobile Ground Verification system (MGV) is a unique, patented technology designed to provide automatic confirmation of a positive electrostatic ground connection for vehicles collecting and transferring combustible products.
The Earth-Rite RTR is the most advanced Tank Truck Grounding (Earthing) System for protecting personnel and plant assets from static hazards during tanker truck loading and offloading operations.
The OhmGuard® hose continuity tester is designed to test hoses used on vacuum trucks and tanker trucks prior to the transfer of flammable or combustible products. It verifies that the electrical conductivity of the hose is functioning correctly, ensuring static electricity is not permitted to accumulate on the metal components of the hose which will eliminate the risk of a fire or explosion caused by the discharge of a static spark.
The Bond-Rite Grounding CLAMP, patented exclusively by Newson Gale, is the only static grounding clamp that provides operators with visual verification that potentially charged equipment is connected to a verified static grounding point.
The innovative design of the Bond-Rite REMOTE provides enhanced safety and security by continuously testing the connection of the clamp to the container or other conductive item of plant in a complete loop made through the designated grounding point.