Workplace safety is foremost in your mind, and in ours. It's so important that OSHA can fine you for not having the proper tools or safety vents. Ask these questions before choosing tools or parts:
What is the task?
Is there flammable, hazardous, or explosive product?
Do you need non-sparking or spark-resistant tools?
Important Facts You Need to Know Before Choosing your Tools
A normal tool when used with a flammable product or in a hazardous area could cause a fire or even worse, an explosion. Keep your employees and your plant safe by using the right tools and parts.
Explosive, flammable or combustible contents in a container or in the environment in which you will be working, call for special precautions. If your drums are filled with hazardous products or, if you are going to be working in a hazardous area, then you will need spark-resistant tools or non-sparking tools.
What’s the difference between “spark-resistant” and “non-sparking?”
The difference is in the material from which the tool is made, that is, what metal or alloy is used. Generally, aluminum or bronze is used to make non-sparking as well as spark-resistant tools. The reason one would use spark-resistant or non-sparking tools is to prevent ignition of whatever one is working with.
Two ways to create ignition:
A tool striking another surface can cause ignition. Some ferrous tools (those tools made of metal or metal alloys that contain iron) can generate a spark, thus causing ignition, when they strike another surface.
A chemical reaction can cause ignition.
Aluminum is considered a non-ferrous metal and therefore has non-sparking properties.
Bronze, which is an alloy made primarily of cooper, can contain iron. It is considered spark-resistant. The amount of iron is so small that it is not considered a sparking threat.
If you are working in a hazardous area or with explosive, flammable or combustible materials, the use of aluminum or non-sparking tools is strongly recommended. Otherwise, spark-resistant tools will generally be acceptable. If you have questions, contact our Customer Service Experts who can make recommendations for your situation.
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