Safer lighting for working with hazardous materials

Monday, 13 July, 2020

Health and safety implications of your lighting choice when working around flammable, explosive or even dusty atmospheres, needs to be a top priority for your site.

Health and safety implications of your lighting choice when working around flammable, explosive or even dusty atmospheres, needs to be a top priority for your site.

There are three main areas you need to consider for your lighting planning if you are working around combustible gases, dusts or chemicals in a work area, or if work involves enclosed spaces.  

Heat generation - It can be difficult to control the temperature of fluorescent and incandescent light bulbs, resulting in a potential ignition of combustible gases, dusts or chemicals if it exceeds safe temperature levels.  Choosing LED technology and replacing older lighting, is a great first step as they are known to remain cool.

Heat dissipation - The other advantage is that LED industrial lighting is constructed with heat sinks such as fins, which increases the surface area and allows for maximum air flow so heat can dissipate efficiently into the wider environment, ensuring the light remains cool.  

Rated for safety - Lastly, if your site does involve highly flammable or hazardous areas, then certified explosion-proof lighting for these areas is highly recommended.  These are fully enclosed units that are guaranteed to perform and are available in a wide range of options to suit different site applications such as linear, floods, highbays, battens and even torches.  

Undertaking a lighting upgrade in these environments is a small price to pay for the health, safety and wellbeing of your people and protects equipment and facilities.

For more information about the best option for your site, talk to our friendly team on our Webchat or email sales@etms.com.au