The International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) has published new technical specifications: IEC 60079-32-1 "Explosive atmospheres - Part 32-1: Electrostatic hazards, guidance". The guidance document is included in the IEC guidelines 60079 "Explosive atmospheres". The standard is designed to prevent fire from spreading and explosions caused by electrical faults.
New IEC grounding standard
THE STANDARD IS DIVIDED INTO SEVEN SECTIONS.
Handling of solid materials
Storage and handling of liquids
Handling of gases and vapours
Storage and handling of powders
Storage and handling of explosive materials
Preventing electrostatic discharges
Earthing machinery and settling potentials
The publication makes up the most extensive set of guidelines prepared so far, offering a harmonised global procedure for managing electrostatic risks at workplaces. The specification provides additional information about appropriate materials, processes and equipment on which electrostatic discharges can have effects. It also clearly describes how the risks can be minimised.
Guide and grounding brochure
We have published a guide on the topic with Newson Gale – "Grounding & Bonding Applications Handbook". It provides extensive knowledge of the risks and their management – Concrete actions for safer work.