Using Non-Sparking tools? Here’s good advice from Bahco

Bahco Non-Sparking (NS) tools are designed for use in potentially explosive environments, where conventional steel tools might create sparks in the presence of combustible or easily ignitable vapours, liquids and dust.

Because NS tools can’t achieve the hardness of conventional tools special care is needed when using them.  Mark Haywood, who leads the Bahco team in the UK and Ireland, offers the following recommendations to users of NS tools:

  • Avoid tools over heating; make frequent visual checks of each NS tool during use;
  • Don’t use both a steel tool and an NS tool at the same time;
  • Don’t use high copper content tools, such as Al-Br and Cu-Be tools, in direct contact with acetylene;
  • Always take considerable care when reworking copper-beryllium (Cu-Be) tools as beryllium (Be) dust or vapour is toxic;
  • Cu-Be tools should be ground only when wet;
  • Do not inhale any dust and be sure to wear a face mask;
  • Make sure all NS tools are kept clean and free from ferrous or other contaminants which may hamper the properties of a non-sparking tool;
  • The tool’s surface temperature must not be higher than the present gases temperature;
  • Ensure that no objects which could cause a spark fall or are dropped within the working environment.

Reducing risk:  Non-ferrous, softer materials such as brass, bronze, copper-aluminum alloys (aluminum bronze), or copper-beryllium alloys (beryllium bronze) greatly reduce the risk of producing ignitable sparks.

Bahco NS tools are manufactured in aluminum-bronze (Al-Br) or copper-beryllium (Cu-Be), making them both safe and suitable for use in hazardous environments.

Tools used for striking applications, like slogging wrenches and hammers, are manufactured in aluminum-bronze (Al-Br), while tools that require a higher torque and precision performance, such as pliers, screwdrivers and adjustable wrenches, are manufactured in copper-beryllium (Cu-Be).

Bahco take safety so seriously that they have their NS range certified by the independent German Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing.

The Bahco range of NS tools includes hammers, pliers, screwdrivers, wrenches, as well as other striking and construction tools.

Its non-sparking adjustable wrenches, manufactured in copper beryllium, are die-forged, anti-magnetic and offer high resistance to corrosion.

NS screwdrivers for use with slotted head, Phillips® or Posidriv® screws have been developed by Bahco using its scientific ERGO® process.  Made from copper beryllium they are cold rolled, anti-magnetic and corrosion resistant. The range also includes NS pliers in several types, including combination, diagonal cutting, long nose and slip joint.

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