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Hazardous Area Static Control - Understanding the Safety Levels that can Prevent Fire or Explosion Caused by Static Discharge

Anytime you handle flammable liquids and combustible dust you should always bond and/or ground your process to ensure safe operations. Implementation of static control measures in hazardous area is relevant to industries that aim to mitigate the possible danger posed by static discharges, which have the potential to ignite fires or cause explosions within their operations.

Exploring options to ground drums, IBCs, totes, trucks, rail cars, FIBCs, and the levels of safety that can be achieved through process control will help you to safeguard plant and personnel. EHS and plant managers can improve safety by understanding the hazards and possible solutions.

Originally presented: September 13, 2023
Duration: 1 hour
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Exploring hazardous area static control for process industries where high risk of electrostatic discharge in classified areas are present. Anytime you handle flammable liquids and combustible dust you need to bond and ground your process to ensure safe operations. Such control is relevant for the petrochemical, chemical, paint and solvents, food, and pharmaceutical industries to mitigate the risk of a static accumulation and discharge that could cause a fire or explosion in their plants.

Understanding the options available and levels of safety that can be achieved for process control will allow you to safeguard plant and personnel.

Review incidents to learn the causes and consequences of a static discharge.

Understanding how and where static can accumulate will help EHS and plant managers address the risk of static electricity in hazardous areas and implement solutions to improve safety within your plant.

Key Takeaways

  • Understand the causes of static generation and accumulation.
  • Discover the options to ground a tote, drum, truck, rail car, IBC, FIBC and multiple metal objects.
  • Learn how a monitoring system works and why it must be intrinsically safe.
  • Review the components and certifications which should be sought when specifying a grounding system.
  • Explore the three levels of static grounding and bonding solutions that can be implemented - grounding and bonding clamps, visual verification, and interlockable control systems.


Richard Puig, Product Manager, Technical Committee Member NFPA 77, Newson Gale

For the past 24 years, Puig has been actively involved in the explosion and fire protection industry. Over the past 13 years, Puig has been helping customers enhance plant safety by providing static control solutions in hazardous areas. He has been involved in projects in more than 15 countries across the Americas and is a Technical Committee Member of NFPA 77 (2013-Present) - Recommended Practice on Static Electricity. Puig is NICET Level III certified in Special Hazard Suppression Systems, NICET Level II in Fire Alarm and is a prior member to NFPA 75. He holds a degree in marketing from Texas Tech University and an MBA from the University of Missouri.