Maintenance will always need to be carried out on equipment whatever the application or environment. However, using standard tools in hazardous or even potentially explosive environments could be catastrophic. To address this situation, RS Components has introduced a range of ‘non-sparking’ tools from EGA Master with a choice of nearly 500 tools ideal for maintenance engineers working in hazardous environments.

 
RS EGA Master non-sparking tools (cr) Figure 1: The tools range from screwdrivers, sledgehammers, socket sets, socket wrenches and other socket accessories, spanners (combination, adjustable and non-impact), pliers (combination and long-nose), cutters to a wide selection of hex-key sets.  

These tools are manufactured from commonly used materials to deliver non-sparking abilities, including copper-beryllium alloy (Cu-Be) and aluminium-bronze alloy (Al-Br). In addition to being non-sparking, these materials have non-magnetic properties and are also highly corrosion resistant, making them ideal for marine work.

A key target market for these tools is the oil and gas industry, as well as other industries with potentially explosive environments such as in flour or paper mills. The use of non-sparking tools, in conjunction with other vital preventative measures, can help to remove the ignition component in the said areas. Other target industries include aerospace, marine, automotive and mining, as well as other important sectors such as chemicals, petrochemicals, paint manufacturing and brewing, among many others.

For maximum safety, EGA Master marks all tools with the respective alloy in order to ensure that the right tool is used. All EGA Master non-sparking tools are certified by the German BAM laboratory, which offers a third party assurance that the tools are safe to be used in explosive environments.