Ignition source control with SAFEHOUSE habitats

SAFEHOUSE habitats

SAFEHOUSE habitats are modular, pressurised, temporary, flexible, enclosures which are installed around hot work sites or non-Ex equipment to ensure ignition sources and potentially explosive atmospheres remain separated and explosion risks are controlled.

The SAFEHOUSE habitats are the world’s first fully accredited and certified pressurised flexible enclosures to provide a safe environment for hot work in potentially explosive hazardous areas.

SAFEHOUSE habitats are used in zone 1 or 2 hazardous areas within the oil and gas, petrochemical, mining, distilling, power-generation, utilities and marine industries. Our habitats allow the safe execution of hot work, including welding, cutting and grinding, or the use of non-Ex equipment for maintenance, repair, hook-up, commissioning and facility upgrade work without the need for facility shutdown.

SAFEHOUSE habitats achieve this using two simple principles of operation: containment and pressurisation.

The adaptable flame-retardant or non-flammable fabric panel structures can be assembled in a limitless range of configurations around almost any work site and are sealed to contain hot work ignition sources (sparks, molten metal and welding slag) within the habitat.

Safe, gas free air is drawn from a non-hazardous area using IECEx-certified fans, monitored for gas content and ducted into the habitat to create a positive pressure barrier. This creates a safe, non-hazardous environment within the habitat. In the event of an unplanned gas release in the area surrounding the habitat, the positive pressure barrier prevents an ingress of gas, ensuring explosive atmospheres cannot contact ignition sources inside.

Benefits of our habitat system include: