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What is a Hazardous Area?

“An area in which an explosive atmosphere is present, or may be expected to be present, in quantities such as to require special precautions for the construction, installation and use of equipment”

AS/NZS 60079.14:2017 Design selection, erection and initial inspection

The source of the explosive atmosphere can come from the presence of various fuels including flammable gases or vapour, combustible dusts or a hybrid mixture of both. Of course, every effort should be made to eliminate the presence of an explosive atmosphere or at the very least reduce its extent. This is however not always possible as many industries require the use of flammable liquids, gases and combustible dusts in their day to day activities. If the presence of explosive atmospheres cannot be avoided than additional measures must be put in place to reduce and mitigate the risks.

If you need any further details, contact Lithium Oil and Gas for information and guidance on your specific installation requirements.


“This following information represents and opinion only of a general nature, the specifics of each individual situation must be taken into account with reference to the relevant Legislation, Codes of practice and Australian standards. Professional advice should be sort if there is any doubt.”

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