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Unsafe “explosion proof” fan recalled after being found to be an ignition risk

23 November 2021

The UK Office for Product Safety and Standards has issued a product recall for a pneumatic fan that was sold as “explosion proof”. The product may not be safe for use in potentially explosive or flammable atmospheres as there is no evidence it has been subject to the appropriate conformity assessment, the Trading Standards website says.

The ‘Powerstar Electricals BTF Series Explosion Proof axial flow fan’ originates from China and was sold in the UK as suitable for use in high-hazard environments. Available in 10", 12", 14", 16", 18" and 20" diameters, the product poses a “Serious” level of risk if used in potentially explosive or flammable atmospheres.

“This product has been assessed as presenting a serious risk of harm as it has the potential to act as an ignition source in a flammable atmosphere, which could lead to fire and explosion. The product has not been subject to an appropriate conformity assessment and does not bear any of the required markings. The products do not meet the requirements of the Equipment and Protective Systems Intended for Use in Potentially Explosive Atmospheres Regulations 2016 (ATEX),” the Office for Product Safety and Standards website says.

The products have been withdrawn from sale and recalled from all known customers. Any customers who bought one of the products is being recommended to stop using these products in environments where a flammable or explosive atmosphere could form. Customers should contact their distributor to request redress.

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