Class I, Division 2 Location

A Class I, Division 2 location is a location: 1) in which volatile flammable liquids or flammable gases are handled, processed, or used, but in which the hazardous liquids, vapors, or gases will normally be confined within closed containers or closed systems from which they can escape only if accidental rupture or breakdown of such containers or systems or abnormal operation of equipment occurs; or 2) in which hazardous concentrations of gases or vapors are normally prevented by positive mechanical ventilation but that might become hazardous through failure or abnormal operation of the ventilating equipment; or 3) that is adjacent to a Class I, Division 1 location, and to which hazardous concentration of gases or vapors might occasionally be communicated unless such communication is prevented by adequate positive-pressure ventilation from a source of clean air, and effective safeguards against ventilation failure are provided. (See NEC Article 500 and API 500.)

Source: API Recommended Practice 14FZ, Recommended Practice for Design, Installation, and Maintenance of Electrical Systems for Fixed and Floating Offshore Petroleum Facilities for Unclassified and Class I, Zone 0, Zone 1, and Zone 2 Locations, Second Edition, May 2013. Global Standards

Class I, Division 2 Location

A location in which flammable gases or vapors may be present, but normally are confined within closed systems; are prevented from accumulating by adequate ventilation; or the location is adjacent to a Division 1 location from which ignitable concentrations might occasionally be communicated. Reference and NEC Article 500.5(B)(2) for a more complete definition.

API RP 500, Recommended Practice for Classification of Locations for Electrical Installations at Petroleum Facilities Classified as Class I, Division 1 and Division 2, Third Edition, December 2012, Global Standards

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