WHERE DO I START?

 

It is important to understand that earthing, static electricity control and lightning protection equipment or solutions are usually part of a larger safety, maintenance or control plan.

FIRST QUESTION TO ASK? HAZARDOUS OR NON-HAZARDOUS CLASSIFIED AREA

 

Important: IF YOU ARE UNSURE OF WHETHER OR NOT YOUR APPLICATION OCCURS IN OR NEAR A HAZARDOUS AREA ZONE 0/1 or 2 or ZONE 20/21 or 22 then either call us directly so that we may assist you with an initial assessment or contact a hazardous area specialist.

In a hazardous area it is very seldom that an electrostatic hazard can be treated by itself. Precautions against electrostatic hazards should be in addition to other precautions, for example but not limited to; explosion protection, intrinsically safe electrical equipment or lightning protection.  They should also be consistent with precautions taken to avoid other hazards that may be present, such as ignitions due to other causes. It is important that all sources of risk in a system of work are considered and that a balanced approach to safety that covers all risks is adopted.

 

We strongly recommend that you do not conduct testing or install earthing, static electricity control or lightning protection equipment in or near a hazardous area zone 0/1 or 2 or zone 20/21 or 22 without first considering the requirements of the zone and how the equipment applies to those requirements and or the appropriate Australian/New Zealand regulations, standards or codes of practice.

SECOND QUESTION TO ASK? HAVE YOU READ AND UNDERSTOOD THE RELEVANT AUSTRALIAN/NEW ZEALAND AND OR INTERNATIONAL STANDARD SPECIFIC TO EARTHING, STATIC ELECTRICITY CONTROL AND OR LIGHTNING PROTECTION.

 

Important: IF YOU ARE UNSURE OF WHAT STANDARD APPLIES TO YOUR SPECIFIC PROJECT then either call us directly so that we may assist you with an initial assessment or contact/visit the  SAI GLOBAL/ Standards Australia website..

THIRD QUESTION TO ASK? SITE AUDIT, SITE SURVEY, SITE TEST OR SITE REPORT

Important: IF YOU ARE UNCERTAIN OF HOW TO PROCEED AFTER ESTABLISHING WHETHER YOU ARE OR ARE NOT WORKING OR PLANNING TO WORK WITHIN IN A HAZARDOUS  OR NON HAZARDOUS CLASSIFIED AREA AND HAVE READ THROUGH AND UNDERSTOOD YOUR RESPONSIBILITIES IN RELATION TO THE RELEVANT AUSTRALIAN/NEW ZEALAND AND OR INTERNATIONAL STANDARD SPECIFIC TO EARTHING, STATIC ELECTRICITY CONTROL AND OR LIGHTNING PROTECTION then call us directly so that we may assist you with an initial assessment.

Site surveys, audits, tests and reports are important in gathering information so as to provide the most appropriate specification and design for your project. It is critical that the correct information forms the basis of the overall solution or you risk incorrect specification or design leading to additional costs, non-compliance and potential safety risk.

Hazardous Area Application

  1. Is earthing, static electricity or lightning affecting operators and process?

  2. Evaluate the risk to operators, general staff, plant or site

  3. Is the Site Verification Dossier up to date?

  4. Engage a specialist to verify the hazardous area classification

  5. Engage a specialist to conduct a site survey, audit and or report before commencement of project or works.

 Non Hazardous Area Application  

  1. Is earthing, static electricity or lightning affecting operators and process?

  2. Evaluate the risk to operators, general staff, plant or site

  3. Is the Site Earthing, Static Electricity Control & or Lightning Protection  Plan up to date?

  4. Engage a specialist to conduct testing to determine earthing, static electricity or lightning risk in location

  5. In the instance of IML conduct a pre specification meeting or validation meeting.

  6. Engage a specialist to conduct a site survey, audit and or report before commencement of project or works.