Flammable gases, mists or vapours, can cause explosions if correct precautions are not taken. If there is enough of the substance, mixed with air, then all it needs is a source of ignition to cause an explosion.
Two European Directives, commonly called ATEX, were enacted to mitigate explosive situations.
The directive ATEX137, set to protect workers from explosive environments. Directive ATEX 95 concerned standards of equipment intended for use in these explosive environments.
When you say explosive environments, thoughts tend to go towards the petrochemical industry and the like, however the automotive aftermarket and wider automotive also contains many such hazardous atmospheres; examples include vehicle paint spraying, fuel and chemical delivery as well as fuel storage.
Ring Automotive has launched its ATEX Torch. The torch has been specifically engineered and designed to be intrinsically safe for use in hazardous locations, by preventing a source of ignition. With a rating IIC T4 it classed as zone 0 Hazard safe and so is suitable for use in work areas containing gases and vapours such as Acetylene Hydrogen and in temperatures up to 135oC. This often referred
To prevent any source of ignition Ring’s ATEX torch has two key features. The first is that it includes a gas release valve built into torch handle, so the battery is not exposed to hazardous vapour. The second feature is that there is a fastener that locks the torch head and prevents lamp exposure in hazardous conditions.
The torch itself has a tough robust construction and a virtually unbreakable polycarbonate lens to ensure that it withstands the tough working conditions it will be found in. It also produces 200 lumens output for a bright illuminated work area. From the 4 x AA batteries the torch has an operating time of 50 hours.
Ring’s ATEX torch provides the solution for business owners to take the necessary precautions to protect their employees and make hazardous working environments as safe as they can be.