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Improve hazardous area workplace safety with anti-static/non-sparking cleaning tools

07 June 2021

Worker safety in Hazardous Areas is critical, and the use of correct tools and cleaning equipment is an important factor in removing potential ignition sources. Engineered from Conductive Polypropylene, LPD’s innovative range of Static Dissipative Non-Sparking Cleaning and Workplace Tools is designed in compliance with IEC 60079-32 and other leading international standards for use in all industries wherever there are potentially explosive atmospheres.

LPD Static Dissipative Tools offer key safety benefits to users when compared to conventional metal tools (usually made from steel alloys), or tools incorporating metal parts. When operating in hazardous/explosive locations, the potential for static electricity to accumulate and discharge exists whenever there are highly capacitive conductive metal objects that are not connected to a suitably robust path to earth (ground), either permanently or temporarily. Earthing can be achieved via dedicated bonding connections, however, in a dynamic environment working with manual tools, earthing and bonding can be difficult to achieve and continually verify to ensure that there are no isolated conductive objects present, leading to the potentially disastrous consequence of an uncontrolled static discharge (spark) creating the ignition source for a flammable or combustible atmosphere.

In addition to the risks from electrostatic discharge in hazardous areas, conventional metal tools may also present an ignition risk in the form of frictional or impact sparking, especially if the one of the contact surfaces has become oxidised or contaminated by process materials. For this reason, it is necessary to inspect, clean and replace metal tools regularly.

By using engineered conductive and dissipative polypropylene, LPD has provided an alternative solution to this problem with a range of products that combine corrosion resistance with low volume resistance, to prevent dangerously high levels of charge accumulation. All LPD tools are 3rd party tested within the range of 10 k Ohm to 100 M Ohm, making them a valuable addition to hazardous area operational safety protocols when used in combination with static dissipative footwear, gloves, clothing, and flooring[1].

The LPD range of practical and ergonomic non-sparking tools has been developed to solve difficult cleaning and product handling challenges identified by customers across many diverse industries. As well as a huge variety of types and sizes of brushes, the wide scope of products also covers scoops, shovels, spatulas, scrapers, brooms, buckets, and pans. Just a small selection of typical applications across industry include:

Paints & Coatings – cleaning flammable chemical tanks and vessels with type C27154 and C29905 ESD tank brush and handle.

Automotive IndustryC15109 and C82904 spatulas are used in paint kitchens and application areas, while ESD flat brushes are used for handling static sensitive electronic components in test and manufacturing.

C27260 Brush fitted with C29856 ESD Telescopic Handle
C27260 Brush fitted with C29856 ESD Telescopic Handle

Explosives & Ammunition - C25155 broom and C29904 handle are used for cleaning in halls and bunkers.

Food, Pharmaceutical, Chemical, Metal Processing – effective cleaning at height on top of difficult to access equipment such as process machinery, ducting and suspended surfaces is made convenient and easy with type C27260 Brush and C29856 ESD Telescopic Handle.

LPD’s Anti-Static/Non-Sparking Cleaning and Workplace Tools are used by many well-known organisations across industry, helping them to improve hazardous area safety for personnel, processes and plants on a worldwide basis. More information can be viewed in our online catalogue or contact us now to discuss your application and requirements.

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[1] A detailed safety assessment is essential for all operations in hazardous areas, including the identification and control of all potential ignition sources.

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