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ACA SEG now available for sale or download
Article Type: Conferences, training and publications From: Anti-Corrosion Methods and Materials, Volume 58, Issue 6
The ACA is pleased to offer its static electricity guide (SEG) “Generation and Control of Static Electricity in Coatings Operations.” Non-members may purchase the guide for $395 through ACA’s online store, which may be accessed at: www.paint.org/publications/technical.html. The guide is available for free download to ACA members via www.paint.org/publications/coatings-care.html, with the use of their unique username and password.
The guide, revised and published in January 2010, helps the reader better understand static electricity – a major source of ignition of fires and explosions. Although the information focuses on coatings operations, the principles apply anywhere flammable liquids, solids, and gases are used.
ACA’s SEG addresses the technology and hazards of static electricity and how to identify when static charging is likely to occur. Although static charging cannot be eliminated, limiting the generation and accumulation of electrostatic charges to safe levels can minimize the hazard of electrostatic spark ignition. This document suggests ways to lower the risk of creating a static spark of sufficient energy to ignite flammable vapors, powders, and gases.
The guide may be used to formulate a static electricity training program for operators and supervisory personnel responsible for manufacturing operations in coatings facilities. Awareness of static electricity and a basic understanding of how it is generated and how its effects can be mitigated can be a significant factor in the prevention of fires in coating operations.
The ACA is a voluntary, non-profit trade association working to advance the needs of the paint and coatings industry and the professionals who work in it. The organization represents paint and coatings manufacturers, raw materials suppliers, distributors, and technical professionals. ACA serves as an advocate and ally for members on legislative, regulatory and judicial issues, and provides forums for the advancement and promotion of the industry through educational and professional development services.
More information is available from: www.paint.org