Explosion Hazard In Workplace। How To Prevent?

Let’s Today We Know About Explosion Hazard In Workplace। How To Prevent Explosion Hazards?

Of course, an explosion is a physical change that is due to a chemical reaction or physical change. That means any explosion must have a physical change.

Physical Explosion: –

A physical explosion occurs if a physical process (Compression, Heating, etc) releases so much energy in an enclosed space that the blasting pressure is exceeded. For example, when a compressed gas cylinder is placed near a heater, a physical explosion may occur. A cylinder that contains liquefied gases is particularly sensitive.  Near place a gas cylinder in the vicinity of a heater.



Chemical Explosion: –

A chemical explosion occurs as the result of a pressure increase caused by the energy released by a chemical reaction.

This can be defined as an exothermic reaction Associated with a rapid pressure rise.

The Lower Explosion Limit (LEL): –

The lower explosion limits the lowest concentration (in volume ‰ ) of flammable gas or vapor in the air, at which the gas/air or vapor/air mixture is explosive.

The Higher Explosion Limit (HEL): –

The higher explosion limit is the highest concentration (in volume ‰ ) of flammable gas or vapor in the air, at which the gas/air or vapor/air mixture is explosive.

For solids, explosion limits are given gm Solids/m³ air. The below list shows the explosion limit of a few common fuels Or chemicals.

Explosion limit of Gases and Vapors in the air (in volume ‰ ).

             CompoundLower Explosion LimitHigher Explosion Limit
              Methane                  05.00                   15.00
              Hydrogen                  04.00                   74.20
             Acetylene                  02.50                   80.00
             Ammonia                 15.50                    27.00

From the table above we can understand that Methane’s Lower Explosive Limit (LEL) is 05% and its Upper Explosive Limit or Higher Explosive Limit (HEL) is 15% i.e. 5% with Methane and the remaining 95% is in combination with Methane Lower Exclusive Limit (LEL) and if 15% is in Methane and 85% in Air. Is the Explosive Limit or Higher Explosive Limit (HEL)?

Explosion Protection: –

It is essential to distinguish between physical over-pressurization, which is a process occurring over a significant time period, And explosions in which the peak pressure is raised in milliseconds. The measures to avoid, or limit the effects of, the explosion are therefore quite different.  They include: –

  • Containment,

  • Suppression,

  • Venting (equipment and/ or building),

  • Automatic Isolation,

  • Partial Containment by blast walls, or Shields.

Containment: –

Because of the large overpressure generated by explosions, it is not usually feasible to design equipment for containment; the expectation is small laboratory-scale apparatus. Specific areas of buildings, e.g. Autoclave rooms, may be built to contain explosions. Reinforced concrete walls exceeding 30-centimeter thick and a roof of similar thickness are necessary for the containment of explosive blast impulses and to resist missile penetration.

Explosion Relief-Buildings: –

Proces with an inherent explosion hazard should whenever practicable be located in the open air or in open-sided structures. If the hazard exists in an enclosed building, e.g. with pilot plants or factories filling LPG cylinders or aerosol cans, explosion relief may be desirable. The relevant areas are generally restricted by Walls to limit the effects of a vented explosion and the vents themselves have to be cited with regard to the safety of personnel, equipment, etc. outside

vents are positioned as near as practicable to predictable points of origin of explosions and require careful sizing.

The types of vents include; –

  • Blow-out Panel,

  • Hinged Panel, 

  • Unrestricted openings/ louvers, 

  • Large, Outwards-opening, doors with a weak latching device.

Explosion Suppression: –

An explosion Suppression system permits a flammable atmosphere to exist in equipment but if ignition occurs it is detected almost instantaneously and a suppression agent is quickly injected during the period of flame propagation when the rate of pressure rise is relatively slow. Hence a hazardous over-pressure is avoided.

The technique is equally applicable to gas, vapor, mist, or dust explosion prevention. The most common agent used is ChloroBromoMethane, but other Halons may be selected for specific uses; powder suppression agents, e.g. ammonia hydrogen phosphate, are also available. Advanced entering may also be used. The injection of agents such as nitrogen or carbon dioxide into connecting ducts prevents flame propagation between different units. A combination of venting and advanced inserting.

# The below list shows the IGNITION  TEMPERATURE (ºC) of a few common fuels Or chemicals.

               Acetylene                     C2H2                        305
               Ammonia                       NH3                        630
               Hydrogen                       H2                        560
   Methane (Natural Gas)                      CH4                         595
                Benzene                      C2H6                        580
       Carbon-disulphide                       CS2                        102
        Hydrogen Cyanide                      HCN                        535
               Ethyl Ether                 (C2H5)2O                        170
                Ethylene                    C2H4                       425
               Gasoline                  220-450
                    Wood                  220-280
                   Petrol                     280
               Polyethylene                     240
              Match Head                     80



# The below list shows the FLASF POINT (°C) of a few common fuels Or chemicals.


Acetic Acid Glacial                CH3-COOH                     +40
                Acetone                (CH3) 2CO                     -18
              Acetonitrile                   CH3-CN                     +02
                   Aniline                C6H5-NH2                     +76
                   Benzene                     C6H6                    -10
          Carbon-disulphide                       CS2                    -30
      Carbon tetrachloride                       CCl4                      NF
              Chloro benzene                    C6H5-Cl                     +29
                Chloroform                     CHCl3                      NF
              Diethyl Ether               (C2H5) 2-O                     -40
             Diethyl Amine                NH (C2H5)2                      -39
                     Digol           O (CH2CH2OH) 2                     +123
                 Methanol                CH3-OH                      +12
                 Toluene              C6H5-CH3                      +4.4

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