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Hazardex 2018 Conference - 23. How to prevent electrostatic charging of processing equipment situated in ATEX atmospheres

31 January 2018

Mike O’Brien, Managing Director, Newson Gale. 
Thurs 14.00 – 14.40: Seminar room

This presentation will:
•  Outline why static electricity is an ignition risk in the chemical industry.
•  Provide case studies and analysis of incidents resulting from the ignition of flammable atmospheres due to discharges of static electricity.
•  Describe what measures electrical equipment specifiers, production managers and QHSE managers can take to eliminate the ignition risks of static electricity.
•  Correlate these measures with the guidance stipulated in IEC 60079-32-1: “Explosive atmospheres - Part 32-1: Electrostatic hazards - Guidance”.
•  Present novel ways of grounding multiple components at risk of electrostatic charge accumulation.


Mike O’Brien is Managing Director for Newson Gale’s market-leading range of static grounding and bonding equipment. He has written numerous published articles on the subject of static electricity and its relevance to the hazardous process industries.

Mike holds an honours degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Limerick, an MBA from the Bradford School of Management and is a Chartered Marketer with the Chartered Institute of Marketing.


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