What Industries Should Use Motorola Intrinsically Safe Radios? 

For industries that are exposed to combustible materials, it’s important that the communication devices you use do not become an ignition factor. All electronic devices give off electrical sparking and excessive heat. Those sparks and heat have the potential to combust when exposed to flammable materials. 

Workplaces that expose workers to hazardous materials choose Motorola intrinsically safe radios as their primary form of communication, keeping people safe and operations running smoothly. 

What Does Intrinsically Safe Mean?

Motorola intrinsically safe radios prevent combustion in hazardous environments by eliminating the amount of spark or heat they produce. They are designed in a way that prevents materials in your work environment from becoming combustible. 

Intrinsically safe means that you can trust your radio will not become a safety hazard in an already hazardous environment. The radio’s housing design keeps the device’s temperature low or normal in any environment, with the battery fully enclosed. 

Which Industries Typically use Intrinsically Safe Radios?

Industries that are exposed to combustible materials such as vapors, dust, or flammable chemicals and gasses like oil, gas, & mining, manufacturing, utilities, and transportation & logistics business may be required to use intrinsically safe radios.

Other industries that would use Motorola intrinsically safe radios in include:

Intrinsically Safe Classes, Divisions and Groups

According to The National Electrical Code (NEC), NFPA 70 hazardous locations are areas, “Where fire or explosion hazards may exist due to flammable gases or vapors, flammable liquids, combustible dust, or ignitable fibers or flyings.” 

These hazards are broken down by classes, divisions, and groups. 


Class I: Flammable Gases, Vapours, or Liquids

Class II: Combustible Dust

Class III: Ignitable Fibers and Flyings


Division 1: Locations where ignitable gas/vapor/liquid/dust are present continuously or some of the time under normal operating conditions

Division 2: Locations where ignitable gas/vapor/liquid/dust are not likely to exist under normal operating conditions


Class I Gas Groups

Group A – Acetylene and equivalent gas groups

Group B – Hydrogen and equivalent gas groups

Group C – Ethylene and equivalent gas groups

Group D – Methane and equivalent gas groups

Class II Dust Groups

Group E – Conductive dust (mechanical – factories, recyclers)

Group F – Combustible carbon dust (charcoal & coke dust) – above ground only

Group G – Grain dust

Class III Fibers has no subgroups

Featured Motorola Intrinsically Safe Radios

XPR7550e Motorola MOTOTRBO Digital Radio

This high-performance MOTOTRBO digital radio offers integrated voice and data communications, better range, and safety-enhancing features like emergency transmit button, HazLoc Certification, and built-in accelerometer for optional Man Down alert.  Other features include:

  • Bluetooth capability
  • Integrated Wi-Fi
  • Enhanced audio quality
  • Improved expandability
  • IP68 Waterproof Radio
  • Up to 28 hours of battery life
  • 3 Year Warranty

XPR3500e Motorola MOTOTRBO Digital Radio

This cost-effective portable radio series is built tough to withstand the drops and shocks that can occur on the job site. With HazLoc certification when purchased, this series offers enhanced audio quality, farther range, better battery life, and IP67 waterproofing so you can count on this radio in the field.  Other features include:

  • Improved expandability
  • Enhanced audio quality
  • Up to 28 hours of battery life
  • IP67 Waterproof
  • 3 Year Warranty

APX NEXT XE Motorola P25 Public Safety Portable

The Motorola APX NEXT P25 XE radio is designed for mission-critical communications for police, firefighters, and EMS - offering easy coordination with other agencies and for emergency response. The APX NEXT XE radio brings the ruggedness you expect from Motorola with the industry’s most advanced technology to keep first responders and the public they serve safe.  Other features include:

  • LTE, WiFi, & Bluetooth Connectivity
  • Mission Critical all-weather touchscreen
  • Applications for advanced functionality

Intrinsically Safe Accessories for Motorola Radios

The importance of pairing your Motorola intrinsically safe radios with intrinsically safe accessories cannot be overstressed. Many people make the mistake of not placing the same safety standards on their radio accessories, and it leaves their workers vulnerable. In order to optimize the performance and safety benefits of intrinsically safe radios, all aspects of the device and the system in which it is deployed should be certified intrinsically safe.

Intrinsically safe accessories available for Motorola intrinsically safe radios include:

If you’re in an industry that faces hazardous work conditions in Maryland, Washington DC, Pennsylvania, Virginia, or New Jersey, Motorola intrinsically safe radios and their accessories can keep your workers safer. Try building your own custom two-way radio system with our free interactive Motorola Radio Selector Tool.

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