March 2016

In the recent times, cell phones have become the most widely used forms of communication. Their convenience and portability make it ideal for communication within a plant facility. This convenience needs be weighed against the risk of fire or explosion or incidents caused within a hazardous / restricted location.

Most mobile phones are not intrinsically safe and are considered safe for use only in non-hazardous areas. Typical industry practice is to obtain prior authorization for all items with potential to be an ignition source which includes your mobile phone.


 “A contract panel specialist was working on an open panel that used fuel gas for instrumentation. The contractor’s cell phone rang and was activated by flipping it open. A flash fire occurred and the contractor received second degree burns on his forearm and face. ”

 – Flash Fire Incident on an offshore platform in Gulf of Mexico


1.       Adopt an attitude to make safety your priority.

2.       Be aware of your environment and identify areas where cell phone usage is prohibited.

3.       Understand that use of cell phone during work not only interferes in performing our task without injury, but also hinders us from             completing our tasks on time.

4.       Recognize and avoid making excuses we use for texting or using phone in prohibited areas.

5.       Speak up when you see someone putting themselves at risk and others in harms’ way by using phone in prohibited areas.