Spark Resistant Drum Handlers And The Fine Print

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Does "spark resistant" equal "explosion proof"?

Spark Resistant Drum Handlers And The Fine Print

For material handling operations that deal with flammables, explosive materials, and other hazardous items, it is a very good idea to invest in drum handlers made with spark resistant materials. With that in mind, it's important to know that manufacturers of spark resistant equipment sometimes include fine print with their products informing buyers they haven't submitted their materials to be certified by a regulatory agency. "Spark-resistant" does not necessarily equal "explosion proof". If your drum handling equipment has electrical power, the electrical assembly will need to meet certain requirements in order to be safely operated near combustible materials. "Spark resistant" does not equal "non-sparking", and are not a substitute for proper grounding to prevent static electricity discharges and other fire hazards.



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