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Explosion Proof Tools

Explosion Proof Tools from FIFO STAFF

Explosion Proof Tools are commonly used hand tools on high-risk sites such as Petrochemical Refineries, LNG or Oil Rigs, Underground Mines and even Service/Petrol Stations.

“Explosion Proof  Tools”, “non-sparking”, “spark reduced”, “spark-resistant” or “spark-proof” tools are names given to tools made of metals such as brass, bronze, monel metal (copper-nickel alloy), copper-aluminium alloys (aluminium bronze), or copper-beryllium alloys (beryllium bronze).

The term “non-sparking” is somewhat misleading because Explosion Proof  Tools are capable of producing a spark: Explosion Proof Tools do not eliminate the possibility of sparks. The term “reduced-sparking tools” is more accurate for Explosion Proof  Tools as they can generate sparks, referred to as “cold sparks”. These sparks have a low heat level and in normal circumstances will not ignite Carbon Disulphide which to date has the lowest ignition point of any substance known to man.

The metals employed to make Explosion Proof Tools have less tensile strength than steels usually used to make tools. A lower tensile strength means the metal has less strength or resistance to tearing apart when stretched under test conditions. It also means that these tools are softer, wear down more quickly than ordinary steel tools, and have to be dressed more frequently.

Always follow safe work method statements to reduce the risk of explosion and fire.

Make sure all “non-sparking” tools are kept clean and free from ferrous or other contaminants, which may hamper the non-sparking properties.

Select the right sized tool for the task (such as the wrench opening to the nut). The right fit will help prevent the tool from slipping, reducing the chance of a spark.

Do not use non-sparking hand tools in direct contact with acetylene, which may form explosive acetylides, especially in the presence of moisture.

Use local or mechanical ventilation systems as appropriate to remove hazardous materials, dusts and vapours from the workplace. 

Follow normal safety procedures when sharpening non-sparking tools such as the provision of eye and face protection, adequate extraction and dust collection facilities.

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