Understanding why it is so important to ground all road tankers from the hazards of static electricity in combustible atmospheres


James GrimshawUK Sales - Newson Gale Ltd

Time & Location

Wednesday: 14.00 to 14.20, Stage 3

About this presentation

Managers and engineers running EX operations have to contend with controlling a wide range of industrial hazards, prioritizing their projects based on budget and time to focus on specific risks. Static electricity is just one of a numerous range of ignition sources in EX operations. The objective of this presentation is to enable plant managers and engineers acquire a working knowledge of why something that is often perceived as an innocuous nuisance actually poses a significant risk to operations. When dealing with road tankers, the product (liquid or powder) that moves through the transfer system, the surface of the tanker will be building up the amount of electrostatic charge it carries. In electrical terms this is commonly described as static charge accumulation. When the product is transferred into the road tanker, the road tanker, will in turn, become electrified and be subjected to a rising voltage. Using practical examples, visual aids and basic mathematical formulas the presentation will delve into: ‘ The ‘mechanics’ of how electrostatic charge becomes a reality through the physical interaction of materials and process equipment. ‘ Why electrostatic discharges occur. ‘ Why the energy released by such discharges is capable of igniting combustible atmospheres. ‘ Case studies and video footage of what happens when an incident does occur. ‘ Internationally recognised best practice guidelines for road tanker earthing.

Speaker Bio

James Grimshaw is the Marketing Manager for Newson Gale’s market leading range of static earthing and bonding equipment within the UK. He regularly writes application, product and hazard specific content, raising awareness of static as an ignition source, offering resources and advice to customers relating to their electrostatic control solutions based on internationally recognised standards. James’ background and experience within the business of safety stems from working in business-to-business environments with organisations that provide technologies used to protect assets and its people.