Anti-Static Ducting For ATEX Certified Zone 1 & Zone 2 Hazardous Areas

By Chris Dodds on 21st October, 2015

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Anti-Static Ducting For ATEX Certified Zone 1 & Zone 2 Hazardous Areas

SA CYCLONE Anti-Static Ducting.

Hazardous Area Ventilation for Zone 1 & Zone 2 Hazardous Areas.

Anti-static ducting is vitally important in improving hazardous area working conditions in the onshore and offshore oil and gas industry, including Zone 1 and Zone 2 areas.

Static electricity is an imbalance of electric charges within or on the surface of a material. The Ductingcharge remains until it is able to move away by means of an electric current or electrical discharge.

Static poses extreme dangers in hazardous areas where potentially explosive atmospheres could ignite the Fire Triangle.

In zoned areas, either offshore or onshore, where there are inflammable gases or vapours or a high concentration of oxygen a spark could ignite the gases and cause an explosion.

Static electricity is a phenomenon most will have experienced; where flammable atmospheres are present, it can have devastating effects. In the petroleum industry, static electricity is a key concern for safety managers and up-to-date guidance is therefore vital.

In the UK, Regulation 5 of The Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations 2002 (DSEAR) requires a risk assessment to be undertaken to assess the likelihood that ignition sources, including electrostatic discharges, may arise in the workplace.

This requirement is based on the European ATEX 137 directive. 

To aid petroleum industry personnel in understanding these issues, the Energy Institute (EI) has recently updated its guidance, as well as the content of a training tool for safety managers. Both are the result of industry collaboration through the EI’s technical work programme.

SA CYCLONE anti-static air ducting with ATEX certification is used to bring fresh air in to a hazardous area, extract contaminated air out and also used to direct heated air where it is needed.

Using anti-static ducting provides advanced flexibility and improved safety.

 

Pictured : Anti-Static Ducting SA CYCLONE

Anti Static Ducting

T&D stock and distribute the SA CYCLONE Anti-Static Ducting system which is fully versatile, modular and ATEX Ductingsuitable for ATEX Zone 1 and 2 hazardous areas.

By combining the various ducting options you can build an anti-static ducting system to suit site conditions and specification requirements.

Using a combination of straight couplers, Y pieces, reducers and using different sizes of ducting a bespoke anti-static ducting system can be designed.

The anti-static ducting system is a result of SA’s impressive record in developing portable EX electrical equipment, including portable ATEX heaters.

Carefully selected materials, robust design and rigorous testing combine to deliver a ducting system second to none. Using an anti-static reinforced polymer material with an integrated steel helix wire, it has been vigorously tested by an independent laboratory and passed both the anti-static and flammability tests.

Anti-static ducting system is made from anti-static, flame retardant neoprene polyester. It is reinforced with steel helix coils making it extremely durable and yet highly flexible. The ducting is available in a range of lengths and diameters and comes complete with a carry bag. A strong integral strap ensures that the ducting can be secured tight.

This ducting is fully compatable with SA fans and can also be used with our range of couplers and adaptors. This comprehensive range means that you can make a ducting system for any requirement.

 

 Anti-static Ducting - Features

  • Ducting available as standard in 5m or 10m lengths
  • Ducting available in 10cm, 20cm, 30cm or 40cm diameter
  • Anti-static vinyl coated polyester
  • Integrated steel helix reinforcement
  • Fully flexible ducting
  • Heavy duty attachment strap
  • Antistatic and flammability tested

Construction : Anti-static vinyl coated polyester fabric with integrated steel helix wire.

With new and improved construction and attachment methods, the unique anti-static ducting is available on very short lead-times with many items held in stock. 

Anti-Static Ducting ATEX Certified Zone 1 & 2 Hazardous Areas - SA Cyclone 

 

Typical Applications : 

  • Shipbuilding & Repair
  • Underground Working
  • Vessels & Tanks
  • Oil Refineries
  • Offshore Platforms
  • Chemical Plants
  • Utilities
  • Confined Spaces
 
 
Video : Static Electricity Safety Video - Fire Explosion shown - Safetycare Workplace Training DVD

 

  • Further reading : 

SA Equip Flexiheat - Portable ATEX Heater (Zone 1 & Zone 2 Hazardous Areas)

ATEX Ducting Heaters

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Anti-Static Ducting For ATEX Certified Zone 1 & Zone 2 Hazardous Areas - SA Cyclone





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