When working in areas with a high risk of fire or explosion, it is essential to have specific manual tools: Facom non-sparking hand tools are the perfect example, because they come from a decade of experience and are designed down to the smallest detail to ensure professional maximum safety at work.
Regular hand tools are usually made of materials such as chromium vanadium steel alloys, and this does not make them suitable for use in high explosive environments such as oil rigs: in fact, falling could create fatal sparks for the safety of the platform and of those who work there.
In cases like this, special anti-spark tools must be used, they should be made of metals such as bronze, brass, copper and aluminum alloys, copper and beryllium alloys or Monel, a special copper and nickel alloy. All the alloys used to produce this particular type of tool have a lower tensile strength than traditional materials: this means they have less strength and resistance, are softer and wear out more quickly, but generate cold sparks with a low level of heat that are not able to ignite any substance. The anti-spark tools are therefore ideal to protect against fires and explosions in environments with a high risk rate such as oil platforms.
Facom spark-proof hand tools, also known as anti-deflagration tools, are made of copper and beryllium alloy and guarantee maximum safety even in extreme situations. They are anti spark and anti magnetic, so they can be used safely even in delicate situations and in places where even a single spark could be fatal.
First of all, make sure that all spark-proof tools are thoroughly cleaned and free from rust or ferrous contaminants, which could damage the anti-deflagration properties. Then, you must always remember not to use them in direct contact with acetylene, which, in the presence of moisture, could create highly dangerous explosive acetals. Thirdly, we must always remember to periodically sharpen all the anti-spark tools following the normal safety procedures, thus protecting eyes and face and collecting the powders with the appropriate tools. Finally, it is essential to ventilate the premises to remove potentially harmful powders and vapors from the air.
By following these few simple rules, you will ensure that you always have clean and functional tools, and minimize the possible dangers in the workplace.
There are environments where it is unthinkable to use traditional hand tools, produced in the classic steel alloys, because it would risk causing unsolvable problems. Frictional ignition may occur, if the tool falls or it is rubbed on materials such as cement: the steel alloys linked to the chrome vanadium, in fact, can generate hot sparks at high risk, because they can ignite airborne flammable substances in a moment. This would cause fires or explosions, endangering the lives of everyone in the workplace.
To guarantee maximum safety in the workplace, Facom anti-deflagration tools are ATEX certified: the name derives from ATmosphères and EXplosibles, and includes two European Union directives concerning the regulation of work equipment used in areas with a high risk of explosion.
Under what conditions can an explosion occur? When there is a oxidizer, such as oxygen in the air, a fuel, chemical gases (solvents, diluents ...) or powders (aluminum, wood, magnesium ...), and a flash point, ie a source of ignition. In these cases, the atmosphere becomes dangerous: a simple hot spark, due to the fall or the rubbing of a tool, could cause an explosion.
All equipment that is used in places where the atmosphere is at risk of explosion must strictly comply with this standard: the Facom spark-proof tools are specially produced for use in these high-risk areas and are Explosion Proof Protected, ie treated and transformed in an non-deflagrant way.