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Class 1 Div 2 seal requirements

Class 1 Div 2 seal requirements

My question is are you required to have seals on nema 4  boxs with terminal strip wiring, or rosemount transmitters 4-20ma wiring in a class 1 div. 2 area

RE: Class 1 Div 2 seal requirements

There is no requirement for a seal on the NEMA 4 box that contains splices where the enclosure is in a Class !, Division 2 area.  Enclosure seals in those areas are only required if the enclosure is required to be of explosion proof construction.  501.15(B)(1) in the 2008 code.  

There is differing opinions on the question of the transmitter seal. Many apply the exception to 501.105(B)(2) to the transmitter and say that the transmitter enclosure is not required to be of explosion proof construction and therefore seals are not required in the division 2 area.

Others say that while the maximum normal operating temperature of the transmitter is very likely to be below 80% of the auto ignition temperature of gasses involved it is possible under conditions of transmitter malfunction that the temperature will exceed the 80% value and that seals are required.  

Most of the plants in my area take the first view on this and do not require seals for the transmitters.

RE: Class 1 Div 2 seal requirements

Thanks resqcapt19
One other question what about lighting fixtures rated class 1 div.2 I don,t recall ever seeing seals on lighting in past plants I worked in and this plant does not have seals on lighting also is this O.K.

RE: Class 1 Div 2 seal requirements

In general, seals are not required for light fixtures.

RE: Class 1 Div 2 seal requirements

Arn't seals required between the division 2 and non-hazardous areas such as the home run cables from a junction box and feed from the MCC breaker to a classified lighting panel, etc.?

RE: Class 1 Div 2 seal requirements

Yes, in general seals are required at the classification boundaries. I took the question as asking about seals at each light fixture in the classified area.    

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