How to Select the Right Lighting for Zone Gas and Dust Environments
Any professional team will be aware that creating a safe and well-illuminated work environment is crucial. This is especially true in areas where gas and dust hazards are present, where properly-selected lighting plays a vital role in ensuring visibility, productivity and – most importantly – the health and safety of workers. Depending on the nature […]
Any professional team will be aware that creating a safe and well-illuminated work environment is crucial. This is especially true in areas where gas and dust hazards are present, where properly-selected lighting plays a vital role in ensuring visibility, productivity and – most importantly – the health and safety of workers.
Depending on the nature and hazardous zone classification of your working environment, choosing the ideal lighting solutions can be a challenge. In the latest blog from SA Equip, we’re simplifying that decision-making process with advice on how to select the right lighting for zone gas and dust environments; including product recommendations and more.
Gas and dust environments are classified into different zones based on the likelihood of the presence of explosive substances. Familiarising yourself with the relevant classification system used in your region is essential; as is conducting a risk assessment of the fire and explosion hazards in your working environment (see Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations 2002). Your lighting requirements and its protective features will largely be determined by this risk assessment.
Below, we’ve included some information (for guidance only) which includes broad definitions of zones.
Zone Classification 0: Explosive atmospheres are present continuously, for long periods or frequently. Equipment must be safe under normal operation, expected and rare malfunction
Zone Classification 1: Explosive atmospheres are likely to occur occasionally under normal operation. Equipment must be safe under normal operation, expected malfunction.
Zone Classification 2: Explosive atmospheres may occur under abnormal operation and persist for a short period only. Equipment must be safe under normal operation.
It is important to consider that the higher the probability of an explosive atmosphere occurring and persisting, the higher the integrity requirements of the equipment to be installed. It is equally important to bear in mind that this information should not be used to decide what equipment is suitable: specialist ATEX advice must always be taken before making such decisions.
For more guidance, SA Equip’s comprehensive brochure has been created to address many of the pain points customers will typically face when selecting the right lighting for zone gas and dust environments:
- Certified products for each area: Regardless of your zone gas and dust certification, our brochure contains product listings that explicitly state what zone any given product is suitable for. Whether you need a torch that’s EX Certified for Zone 0 or a worklight that’s EX Certified for Zone 21, we’ve made that specification process easier than ever.
- Guidance on zoned areas: Aside from listing products according to zone suitability, we’ve also created a visual guide (for guidance only) which explains how these classifications can relate to common hazardous area zones, such as commercial bulk storage tanks and petrol stations.
Take the first step towards making an informed decision by downloading our catalogue today.
2. Recognise the Importance of Lighting in Hazardous and Confined Spaces
The importance of lighting in hazardous and confined spaces is paramount, particularly in any spaces where gases and dust are present. With this in-mind, it’s essential to select lighting solutions that are designed with your staff’s safety and ease-of-use as key priorities.
Virtually Indestructible: The EX LED Worklight Series
It helps to select a product that’s fully equipped to work within a range of hazardous zone requirements. A perfect example of this is SA Equip’s highly popular LED Worklight series, which are each EX certified for Zones 1 and 2 (gas), 21 and 22 (dust). With all three options INMETRO certified, users can expect lightweight, compact and high power LED technology, low operational costs, and advanced diffuser system.
Let’s take a look at some of the key benefits these products which make them highly versatile in more challenging zones:
- T4 temperature rating
- Waterproof & dustproof
- Adjustable hanging straps
- Exceptionally reliable
- High light output
Strong & Versatile: EX LED Rechargeable Floodlight
Fully certified for Zones 1 & 2 (Gas) and Zones 21 & 22 (Dust), our LED rechargeable floodlight has been designed to make working in confined spaces
- INMETRO Certified
- Lightweight and portable
- 12 Hour duration
- Light Output 1250/2000 lumens
- Unique protection system to cope with paint overspray
The EX LED Tower Light
The SA LUMIN LED Tower Light is a fully ATEX & IECEx certified transportable light, providing high quality illumination for medium to large sized areas with a
powerful spread of light. What’s more, this product joins our floodlight and worklight series in being EX Certified for Zones 1 and 2 (Gas), 21 and 22 (Dust).
- Light output 25,000 lumens
- -50°C to +50°C Operating Temperature (Based on Plug Type)
- Easy plug-and-play application
- 6000K+ colour temperature
- Large spread of high power light
The Right Product for the Right Zone: Try SA Equip
Selecting the right lighting for zone gas and dust environments is a critical aspect of ensuring safety and productivity. Here at SA Equip, our 95+ years of experience means we are perfectly placed to give you the advice you need, when you need it. For more information, check out our resource hub or contact us to discuss your unique lighting requirements.