The application of a new static electricity risk analysis method in the the process industries

Yngve Malmén, Minna Nissilä, Tapio Kalliohaka

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    As part of a Finnish research programme on the management of static electricity, STAHA, a safety analysis method called STARA has been developed. STARA is designed to identify the potential for generation of static electricity and to assess whether there is a potential for ignition or other problems. This paper presents the STARA method together with the first experiences from applying the method in different types of industrial environments. Based on experiences from the trials of the STARA method, this paper shows that the new risk analysis method allows electrostatic problems to be studied in a very systematic way, but also that several points of concern were identified. The general problem seems to be that an average analysis team does not have enough knowledge about electrostatics in order to be able to judge whether the associated risk is tolerable, or not. In addition, some of the difficulties experienced were partly related to inconclusive knowledge not only about static electricity, but also about the chemicals involved, the production process, the construction materials and the operations.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationThe 1st Nordic ESD Conference Notes
    PublisherÖrebro universitet
    Publication statusPublished - 2003
    MoE publication typeNot Eligible
    Event1st Nordic ESD Conference - Karlskoga, Sweden
    Duration: 14 May 200315 May 2003


    Conference1st Nordic ESD Conference


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