You may wonder why you need a specialist torch, or lamp as the ADR regulations suggest. Hazchem suggest ATEX torches as the only portable lapmp to be used in ADR kits. The type of torch you choose is essential for safe inclusion when interacting with hazardous substances. It is key that you use the correct lamp where hazardous substances are present, or potentially present, to avoid explosion Standard non-compliant torches used in places where dust or gas are present may result in an explosion.
the ADR Bit
Part 8 of the ADR Regulations covers pocket lamp but this includes a selection of appropriate torches, also known as portable lighting apparatus. If you need more information about the ADR Regulations, read more on What ADR is, here.
To Be Compliant:
- Each member of the crew must have a ‘pocket lamp’ which is why ADR Driver Kits.
- The ‘pocket lamp’ must be suitable for use in a flammable atmosphere in certain circumstances.
Application / Where will I need the light?
There may be an occasion when the inside of a fuel storage tank/unit or fuel tanker must be checked and the inherent risk associated with using the conventional or domestic torches is possible explosion due to combustable dust entering the torch and igniting. Torches and headlamps which adhere to ADR compliance have a chemical resistant coating which is a ideal for the petrochemical industry where flammable liquid fuel and gas is present, where other materials would erode.
Certification: Baseefa07ATEX0091 & IECEx BAS 06. 0089
Types of hazard relevant to choosing your torch and where they occur
There are two types of environment most likely to be relevant when choosing the torches and lamps for your specific need; dust and gas. Both explosive gas environments and explosive dust environments are referred to as Gas Zones, or hazardous area Zones in typical circumstances where the danger of combustion may occur.
Potential Gas Explosive Environment
Potentially explosive gas atmospheres include sites such as petrol stations, petrol station forecourt, the fuel storage tank and the area where the decanting of flammable liquid from the container to Gas Zones are Zone 0, Zone 1 or Zone 2.
Potential Dust Explosive Environment
Potentially explosive dust atmospheres include areas where the decanting of combustable material from container to container such as storage tank and tanker. (combustible material in dry form) for gas atmospheres and for dust, the Zones are Zone 20, Zone 21 and Zone 22.
The Zones the torches will be used include Zone 0, Zone 1 and ZOne 2 for gas atmospheres and for dust, the Zones are Zone 20, Zone 21 and Zone 22.
ATEX info – torches Area Classification
Explosive atmosphere consisting of a mixture with air or flammable substances in the form of gas, vapour or mist, or a cloud of combustible dust in air. ADR approved lighting modules come in several forms, including head torch or hand-held torch. the apparatus you chose must be suitable for your specific application but if you are unsure which to choose then we can advise you.
The CE Mark is a good indicator of the standards as it denotes manufacturer’s declaration of product compliance to all relevant EU Directives.