Exe junction boxes offer increased safety which, in part, can help to reduce the risk of arcs and sparks – something you understandably want to avoid in hazardous areas.
The priority is to protect against injury and loss of life in any hazardous areas, especially those where a spark could lead to an explosion or a fire.
But even if nobody is injured, exe junction boxes can help you to get operational once again following an incident, and avoid having to file a RIDDOR report with the Health & Safety Executive.
In updated guidance on RIDDOR reportable incidents, the HSE explains that you should report an electrical overload or short circuit if:
- It causes a fire or explosion AND
- It could cause death OR
- It interrupts plant operations for more than 24 hours.
To be clear, a short circuit is caused typically by a failure in the circuit’s insulation, or by a metal object making accidental contact with the circuitry – a pickaxe, for example.
An overload, in comparison, is simply an excess of electrical current that causes the system to overheat.
In either case, exe junction boxes can reduce the risk of sparks occurring at all, making them a worthy addition to Zone 1 and Zone 2 equipment, and to help prevent you from experiencing a RIDDOR reportable incident.