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Thunderstorms bring a number of distinct electrical hazards to manufacturing and storage facilities and not just the most obvious – lightning strike. In this article, Dr Alec Bennett of Biral looks at these hazards and suggests ways to protect plant and personnel from the risks present when a cumulonimbus cloud is lurking nearby....
For many chemical manufacturing facilities, thunderstorms can play a significant role in disrupting operations from an increased risk of ignition due to static electricity, as well as lightning strikes to the plant and process equipment. Many manufacturing and storage transfer processes have to be made safe or halted completely when a thunderstorm is in the vicinity as part of the risk mitigation and safety protocols on-site. ...