Date: Tue, 28 Apr 2009 07:20:58 -0400
Reply-To: "Kohler, Chris E" <cekohler**At_Symbol_Here**INDIANA.EDU>
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From: "Kohler, Chris E" <cekohler**At_Symbol_Here**INDIANA.EDU>
Subject: Re: Explosive proof hot plate in a hood?
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Hi Cynthia,

We have had two hood fires in recent years ignited by hot plates. In both c
ases this was due to explosive atmospheres inside the hood and I suppose th
at could be considered an "ambient" explosive atmosphere inside the hood.

In one case the worker was decanting isobutanol in a six foot hood with an 
unused, but plugged in, hot plate at the other end. The vapor flashed from 
the other side of the hood. 

In another case an unattended experiment flashed and triggered a sprinkler 
that flooded the lab and the lab below consequently ruining about $500,000 
in laser equipment.

Thankfully no one was injured in either case. I'd be happy to send pictures

Good question.


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Subject: [DCHAS-L] Explosive proof hot plate in a hood?

Interesting Question:

I am working on an issue about a "so-called' requirement for an explosive p
hot plate installed in a hood.  The flammables used in the hood are no
different than any I have seen anywhere, in other words, they do not use la
volumes or extremely flammable solvents.  What I cannot wrap my head around
that my understanding of the use of explosive proof equipment is for ambien
explosive atmospheres.  Why should a hood with ventilation have an explosiv
proof hot plate requirement?

I appreciate any feedback or fire codes which would make this a requirement

Cynthia Runkel
Chemical Hygeine Officer

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