Hazardous Area Classification

We help you manage your risk

It all starts with knowing what substances are in your facility and how you are using them.

Our engineers and designers are fully equipped with the knowledge and experience on how to properly identify hazardous areas. When designing new facilities or processes—or rehabilitating existing ones—we can provide the basis and determination of classified zones to prevent unsafe conditions.

How our multi-discipline team can support you

Buildings and facilities are getting more complex, and there’s increased enforcement for codes and standards. Our hazardous area classification engineers and specialists can provide insight on risks, mitigation practices, codes, standards, and best practices when you’re dealing with facilities and buildings that have hazards (that require assessment and classifications).

  • We can provide design criteria to address the areas of concern and provide best practices to support your needs.
  • We can provide references, code reports, and proposed code compliance design support.
  • We can review the safety data sheets (SDS) and product data to assess the need for hazardous area classification drawings and reports.

What we can provide

  • Hazardous area classification drawings
  • Hazardous area reports
  • Code analysis and authority having jurisdiction (AHJ) support, including negotiations with the AHJ
  • Risk assessments

How we can mitigate your risk

  • We assess your facility in regards to building safety codes.
  • We offer life safety solutions to protect the wellbeing of your employees.
  • We mitigate property damage through risk assessments, training, site selections, and procedures.
  • We take your process and safety into account when we work through potential issues with your staff.

There are three sources of hazardous area classifications

The most common come from the presence of flammable or combustible liquids, vapors, dusts, or flyings. The second-most common source is from chemical compositions, which create chemical classifications by engendering a flammable or combustible environment. Finally, the third most common source is from the decomposition of organic materials which can produce methane gas and hydrogen sulfide.
Contact an Expert

Jaimie Handscomb, Principal

Everyone deserves to work in a safe and functional environment. Our team mitigates the risks faced by our clients and communities.

Jaimie Handscomb


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