Hazardous (explosive) Areas
Hazardous Areas: Many oilfield, petrochemical, and industrial locations contain materials that form electrically hazardous areas subject to explosions and fires. The proper assessment of the hazard followed by specific area classification is an important step in designing, construction, and maintaining hazardous areas.
The engineering requirements for hazardous areas generally begin with the National Electrical Code (NEC) Article 500 and 505. Additional references, such as API 500 and API 14F, provide more specific information for specific environments and situations. Further information can be found in documents from IEEE, ISA, industry-specific standards, and customer specifications.
Arthur Zatarain can assist clients with evaluation of new and existing hazardous areas including investigation of incidents of non-compliance that resulted in an accident. Complex operating environments, such as those for oil & gas, can be handled both onshore and offshore.
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