Potentially explosive atmospheres characterised by the presence of flammable gases or vapours present serious occupational health and safety risks to workers in these type of industries including oil, gas and petrochemical sectors.
Collectively, these are commonly referred to as “hazardous area” industries.
Safety of workers in hazardous area workplaces is paramount and air is essential to their life. Therefore safe and reliable ventilation systems must be in place to ensure air quality is maintained using correctly certified and approved ventilation fans – naturally airflow power is an essential performance indicator when determining the purchasing process for fans.
Where flammable gases are present the independently dual certified ATEX/IECEX/UKEx portable ventilation fan for both Electrical & Non-Electrical Standards such as the Exstream 300 & Exstream 400 by Woodcock & Wilson is imperative. The main hazards to monitor for are methane, carbon monoxide and hydrogen sulphide, all of which need to be vented to produce a safe environment.
For instance, carbon monoxide is a poisonous gas without taste or smell and detection of CO gas is vital – this toxic gas can kill people in less than 5 minutes if exposed to concentrated levels. Colourless, tasteless and odourless this silent killer gas requires ventilation systems to protect people against CO. Secondly, the fans should have ATEX and or IECEx certification.ATEX IECEx
Independently tri certified IECEx, ATEX & UKEx portable ventilation fans are certified to both Electrical & Non-Electrical standards for safe ventilation of hazardous area workplaces and potentially explosive atmospheres – providing a world wide safety solution.
The Exstream manufactured by Woodcock & Wilson and distributed by Thorne & Derrick is the worlds only portable ventilation fan that is truly ATEX, IECEx & UKEx certified to both electrical and non-electrical standards.
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