3 Reliable Intrinsically Safe Two Way Radios for Oil & Gas Operations

With the oil and gas industry in Canada starting to see a turn, and work levels picking up, you need a communication device that will increase productivity, reduce costs and ultimately, ensure your team is safe.

The oil and gas industry is a tough one and, due to the volatile nature of these environments, there are often requirements for CSA (Canadian Standard Association) Intrinsically Safe two way radios, but some environments may be safe with UL (Underwriters Laboratories of Canada) Intrinsically Safe certification. This, of course, ensures that when your employees are exposed to hazardous materials, they can be safe knowing their two way radio is not going to cause any trouble when used around flammable materials – whether it’s gases, vapours, or combustible items like metal dust, carbon dust or grains.

These certification are adopted by insurance agencies to have standards in place to measure and validate performance of these types of technologies, to ensure they can stand up to the environments they face – whether it’s hazardous gases or chemicals. The decision of what you need for your team comes down to consultation with your safety team, who will indicate which standards your two way radios must meet.

Motorola XPR7550 CSA IS

This is the top of the line radio for the oil and gas industry, and for many reasons. The CSA IS rating on this two way radio makes it the best of the best for safety driven industries – and the oil and gas world is just that.

Built to withstand even the toughest conditions, the conditions you face on a daily basis, this radio combines the latest in digital radio technology with features for noisy environments from Intelligent Audio program, but additional safety features like Man Down, Lone Worker, and emergency button functionality.

The CSA Intrinsically Safe rating is standard for Canadian petrochemical or reactive environments – so you know you’re getting a product that will keep your workers safe. If you’re serious about safety in your oil plant or rig, this is the radio for you!

CSA IS Certification for the XPR7550 CSA IS:

XPR 7550 I.S. has been certified by Canadian Standards Association (CSA) as intrinsically safe for use in Division 1, Class I, Groups A, B, C, D, Class II, Groups E, F, G, and Class III, when properly equipped with a Motorola CSA approved battery NNTN8386. They are also approved for use in Class I, Division 2, Groups A, B, C and D.

Peltor Litecom Pro II

This is a two way radio and headset feature in one, for customers that require both. The radio is integrated into the earcup, saving you from the need for wires or having to buy the headset and the two way radio. Options include over the head, behind the neck, or the most popular hard hat option that slides into the slots of your hard hat.

CSA IS Certification of the Peltor Litecom Pro II:

Peltor Litecom Pro II which is CSA certified Intrinsically Safe (Class I, Division 1, Groups A, B, C & D; Class II, Division 1, Groups E, F & G; Class III, Div 1).

The following two way radios below are for limited applications in Canada, specifically in oil and gas work. Both the safety department and insurance companies need to be consulted to ensure either of these radios will work to meet the specifications set out by both departments.

XPR3500e – This is a cost effective radio that really hits home for a number of industries – including oil and gas. It’s a two way radio with best-in-class audio features, and the durability you’ve come to know from Motorola radios.

Oil and gas environments are known for noise levels that can hinder communication abilities, but the XPR3300e is cut out for just that, offering noise cancelation and reduction in its Intelligent Audio program – which automatically adjusts background noise to ensure your message comes through when you need it to. Additional features include easy to use features, up to 27 hours of battery life with upgrade and eight per cent better range than its counterpart, the XPR3300.


When properly equipped with Motorola UL-Approved battery, XPR 3000e Series radios are UL-Approved to TIA-4950 for use in Hazardous Locations, Division 1, Class I, II, III, Groups C,D,E, F, G; Division 2, Class 1, Groups A,B,C,D


With this latest radio from the Motorola MotoTRBO line, the XPR7550e takes quality to the next level with longer battery life (29 hours with upgrade!), ensuring your message is received whether shifts run eight hours or 24. Add on top of this the IP68 rating, which means it can handle the dust and weather that often occur in Canadian summers and winters, along with audio clarity that can hold up to the noisiest of environments – from rig to processing plant, and you’ve got a well-rounded, fully capable two way radio.


When properly equipped with Motorola UL-Approved battery, XPR 7000e Series radios are UL Approved to TIA-4950 for use in Hazardous Locations, Division 1, Class I, II, III, Groups C,D,E, F, G; Division 2, Class 1, Groups A,B,C,D

Nova Communications has worked with oil and gas customers from coast-to-coast – Newfoundland to British Columbia, and has heard from customers like you which products are best for the industry. We’ve taken these conversations, combined with our more than 30 years in the two way radio business, to develop a vast knowledge of the best radio options for this industry, and more.

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