Hazardous Area Classification


Hazardous area classification is an important first step towards reducing the likelihood of ignition of clouds of flammable gas, vapour, and/ or dust. 

Grain Dust Explosions (59 dead, 49 injured since 1976)

Plastic- On January 29, 2003, an explosion and fire destroyed the West Pharmaceutical Services plant in Kinston, North Carolina, causing six deaths, dozens of injuries, and hundreds of job losses. The facility produced rubber stoppers and other products for medical use. The fuel for the explosion was a fine plastic powder, which accumulated above a suspended ceiling over a manufacturing area at the plant and ignited.

Coal mine - Rescuers at the site of a coal mine where a gas explosion killed at least 6 workers in the northern province of Quang Ninh on Jan 2014


Sugar- On February 7, 2008, a huge explosion and fire occurred at the Imperial Sugar refinery northwest of Savannah, Georgia, causing 14 deaths and injuring 38 others, including 14 with serious and life-threatening burns. The explosion was fueled by massive accumulations of combustible sugar dust throughout the packaging building.


Does this affect my operations?


In your facility, do you store, handle or produce dust? Is the dust any of the following?

  • Agricultural Product

  • Agricultural Dust

  • Carbon dust

  • Chemical Dust

  • Metal Dust

  • Plastic Dust


How do you know if you need to do an Area Classification?


What Are the main requirement of ATEX directives?

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