Can some body provide ip15 hazardous area classification guidelines?
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IP 15 provides provides methodologies for hazardous area classification around equipment storing or handling flammable fluids in the production, processing, distribution and retail sectors. [Ref1]
Area clasification or Zoning
Hazardous area classification should be carried out as an integral part of the risk assessment to identify hazardous and non hazardous areas. Hazardous areas are further classified in Zones which distinguish between areas that have a high chance of an explosive atmosphere occurring and those areas where an explosive atmosphere may only occur occasionally or in abnormal circumstances. Following are the definitions of the Zones:
Assessing the risk
Risk assessment involves systematic way of identifying hazardous or non-hazardous areas. It should be used to determine if hazardous areas exist and assign zones to those areas. The assessment should consider following: [Ref2]