An explosive atmosphere is a mixture of a dangerous substance or substances (gas, mist, dust or vapour) with the air, which has the potential to catch fire or explode. An explosive atmosphere does not always result in an explosion but, if it does catch fire, the flames travel quickly. If this happens in a confined space (e.g. in plant), the rapid spread of the flames or rise in pressure could also cause an explosion
Responsible company’s should assess and eliminate (or reduce) risks from potentially explosive atmospheres so far as is reasonably practicable. Ideally, they should carry out a risk assessment in relation to ignition capability as part of an overall workplace risk assessment. They may also find it convenient to carry out the risk assessment in combination with any required under any local fire precautions legislation
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