BS EN 60079-28:2015 - Explosive atmospheres. Protection of equipment and transmission systems using optical radiation

BS EN 60079-28:2015

Explosive atmospheres. Protection of equipment and transmission systems using optical radiation

Status : Current   Published : October 2015



This part of IEC 60079 specifies the requirements, testing and marking of equipment emitting optical radiation intended for use in explosive atmospheres. It also covers equipment located outside the explosive atmosphere or protected by a Type of Protection listed in IEC 60079‑0, but which generates optical radiation that is intended to enter an explosive atmosphere. It covers Groups I, II and III, and EPLs Ga, Gb, Gc, Da, Db, Dc, Ma and Mb.

This standard contains requirements for optical radiation in the wavelength range from 380 nm to 10 µm. It covers the following ignition mechanisms:

  • Optical radiation is absorbed by surfaces or particles, causing them to heat up, and under certain circumstances this may allow them to attain a temperature which will ignite a surrounding explosive atmosphere.

  • In rare special cases, direct laser induced breakdown of the gas at the focus of a strong beam, producing plasma and a shock wave both eventually acting as ignition source. These processes can be supported by a solid material close to the breakdown point.


See a) and d) of the introduction.

This standard does not cover ignition by ultraviolet radiation and by absorption of the radiation in the explosive mixture itself. Explosive absorbers or absorbers that contain their own oxidizer as well as catalytic absorbers are also outside the scope of this standard.

This standard specifies requirements for equipment intended for use under atmospheric conditions.

This standard supplements and modifies the general requirements of IEC 60079‑0. Where a requirement of this standard conflicts with a requirement of IEC 60079‑0, the requirement of this standard takes precedence.

This standard applies to optical fibre equipment and optical equipment, including LED and laser equipment, with the exception of the equipment detailed below:

  1. Non-array divergent LEDs used for example to show equipment status or backlight function.

  2. All luminaires (fixed, portable or transportable), hand lights and caplights; intended to be supplied by mains (with or without galvanic isolation) or powered by batteries:

    • with continuous divergent light sources (for all EPLs),

    • with LED light sources (for EPL Gc or Dc only).

    NOTE 2

    Continuous divergent LED light sources for other than EPL Gc or Dc are not excluded from the standard due to the uncertainty of potential ignition concerns regarding high irradiance.

  3. Optical radiation sources for EPL Mb, Gb or Gc and Db or Dc applications which comply with Class 1 limits in accordance with IEC 60825‑1.

    NOTE 3

    The referenced Class 1 limits are those that involve emission limits below 15 mW measured at a distance from the optical radiation source in accordance with IEC 60825‑1, with this measured distance reflected in the Ex application.

  4. Single or multiple optical fibre cables not part of optical fibre equipment if the cables:

    • comply with the relevant industrial standards, along with additional protective means, e.g. robust cabling, conduit or raceway (for EPL Gb, Db, Mb, Gc or Dc),

    • comply with the relevant industrial standards (for EPL Gc or Dc).

  5. Enclosed equipment involving an enclosure that fully contains the optical radiation and that complies with a suitable type of protection as required by the involved EPL, with the enclosure complying with one of the following conditions:

    • An enclosure for which an ignition due to optical radiation in combination with absorbers inside the enclosure would be acceptable such as flameproof "d" enclosures ( IEC 60079‑1), or

    • An enclosure for which protection regarding ingress of an explosive gas atmosphere is provided, such as pressurized "p" enclosures ( IEC 60079‑2), restricted breathing “nR” enclosure ( IEC 60079‑15), or

    • An enclosure for which protection regarding ingress of an explosive dust atmosphere is provided, such as dust protection "t" enclosures" ( IEC 60079‑31), or

    • An enclosure for which protection regarding ingress of absorbers is provided (such as IP 6X enclosures) and where no internal absorbers are to be expected.


For these scope exclusions based on enclosure constructions, it is anticipated that the enclosures are not opened in the explosive atmosphere, so that ingress is protected.

Standard NumberBS EN 60079-28:2015
TitleExplosive atmospheres. Protection of equipment and transmission systems using optical radiation
Publication Date31 October 2015
Normative References(Required to achieve compliance to this standard)EN 60079-0, IEC 60079-15, EN 60825-2, IEC 60079-0, EN 60079-15, IEC 60825-2, IEC 60079-11, EN 60079-11, IEC 60050, EN 60079-1, IEC 60079-1
Informative References(Provided for Information)IEC 60079-10-2, IEC 61508, EN 60079-31, IEC 61511, IEC 60050-426, IEC 60050-393, IEC 60825-1, EN 60079-10-1, IEC 60050-845, EN 60079-2, ANSI/ISA-TR12.21.01-2004, IEC 60079-31, IEC 60050-731, EN 60825-1, EN 60079-10-2, EN 61508, EN 61511, IEC 60079-10-1, IEC 60079-2
ReplacesBS EN 60079-28:2007
International RelationshipsEN 60079-28:2015,IEC 60079-28:2015
DescriptorsSafety measures, Optical communication systems, Gases, Explosive atmospheres, Temperature, Ignition, Lamps, Light hazards, Electrical equipment, Lasers, Fibre optics, Light-emitting diodes, Verification, Light, Risk assessment, Fibre optic cables, Protected electrical equipment
Title in FrenchAtmosphères explosives. Protection du matériel et des systèmes de transmission utilisant le rayonnement optique
Title in GermanExplosionsgefährdete Bereiche. Schutz von Geräten und Übertragungssystemen, die mit optischer Strahlung arbeiten
ISBN978 0 580 81637 6
File Size1.666 MB

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