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Static Grounding & Bonding​ Workshop

*Today's Featured Safety Forum Workshop (1 of 2)*

Static Grounding & Bonding​

Presented by Peter McMenamin (Newson Gale, Inc. IEP Technologies)

For any person responsible for the safety of employees, colleagues, plant equipment and plant property, one of the most potentially confusing aspects of providing a safe operating environment is trying to determine if that site’s manufacturing or handling processes have the potential to discharge static sparks into flammable or combustible atmospheres.

Fortunately, there are several internationally recognized standards that provide guidance on ways to limit electrostatic hazards, enabling those responsible for worker health and safety to minimize the risk of static discharges. Hazardous area operators who can demonstrate compliance with these standards will go a long way to providing a safe working environment and preventing the ignition of ignitable atmospheres. The most comprehensive standards are:

NFPA 77: Recommended Practice on Static Electricity (2007).

CENELEC CLC/TR 60079-32-1: “Explosive atmospheres -Part 32-1: Electrostatic hazards, guidance” (2015).

API RP 2003: Protection against Ignitions Arising out of Static, Lightning and Stray Currents (2008).

API RP 2219: Safe Operation of Vacuum Trucks in Petroleum Service (2005).

The standards, particularly NFPA 77 and CLC/TR: 60079-32-1, describe a range of processes where static charges can be generated including flow in pipes and hoses; loading & unloading of tank trucks; tank car loading & unloading; filling and dispensing portable tanks, drums and containers; storage tank filling and cleaning; mixing, blending and agitation operations; the conveying of powders and other operations.

The presentation will provide specific information on how static is generated, potential risk, standards for regulating the hazards of static electricity and industry standards for minimizing risks.

This workshop will be held Tuesday, June 25, in Bongo 1, From 8:00 – 9:30 am.

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