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Hazardous area electrical

Hazardous area electrical

Hazardous area electrical

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I am interested in peoples opinion about buying equipment rated by agencies out side of there own country.  For instance I am looking for a camera for use in the USA.  Area classification is Class 1 Div1 Group C+D.   Most of the cameras out there are ATEX rated.  The chemical company I work for have in the past avoided anything not specifically rated for the USA.  What does everyone else do?With FM, CSA, ATEX, IS out there we end up excluding what I am sure are good equipment but lack the label valid in the US.   Any thoughts on this?

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StoneCold

RE: Hazardous area electrical

Selling or using "labeled" equipment is not a law per se. It becomes a 'requirement' if the local AHJ or regulations requires them or have adopted such requirement in applicable laws.

Professional liability issues and insurance requirements also weigh in greatly in the final decision. "Good" equipment is subjective and can't help you much, if you end up in a situation requiring explanation for your choice. If all involved parties, agree to use a non-listed equipment, it can be used.

Also if those "good" equipment are really good and they want them to sell in the USA, they can have them listed/labeled in the USA. By the same token, user can also have them field evaluated and have them labeled for their benefit. Does it cost? Yes.

Just my opinion.
 

Rafiq Bulsara
http://www.srengineersct.com

RE: Hazardous area electrical

I'm sure it happens that perfectly good equipment is excluded due to lack of proper certification for a particular country.  

As Rafiq says, the local authority will have the final say as to whether it can be installed or not.  The owner may have their own safety rules.

But there is, unfortunately, a huge liability issue that cannot be overlooked.  An explosion in a classified area will have everyone looking for something and someone to blame.  The truth will quickly get trampled in a stampede of lawyers looking for a payday.  Your company (or insurance company) may have decided that it is just not worth the risk.

David Castor
www.cvoes.com

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