Area Classification

Hazardous Area Classification is a probability analysis and risk assessment evaluation of a manufacturing or process area possessing a potentially flammable atmosphere that focuses exclusively on mimimizing the risk of electrical energy as a potential or probable source of ignition. Progress equipment (e.g. storage tanks, pumps, compressors, and process vessels), process-related buildings (e.g. compressor sheds and Analyzer Buildings), and Electrical buildings are typically evaluated as part of the HAC study.

It should be the common goal of all involved parties in the assessment study to strive to achieve a classification assessment that defines an acceptable level of safety along with an acceptable level of risk that results in the reduction of the cost of electrical installations. 

Bath PSM utilizes its unique Bath PSM Best Practices methodology in performing the Hazardous Area Classification (HAC) Assessment study per the following process: