Fully Insulated Tools

What are insulated tools?
Insulated tools are designed to protect you against injury in the event that you make contact with an energized source. Every insulated tool must be marked with the year it was insulated and an official 1,000-volt rating symbol, which ensures you will be protected for live use up to 1,000 VAC or 1,500 VDC.

There are strict international standards that apply to insulated tools and the symbol displayed will largely depend on where they were manufactured. They can be identified by the double triangle symbol that is engraved onto every tool. Almost any hand tool can be insulated but the most common insulated tool types you will find are; pliers, screwdrivers, sockets, ratchets, spanners and cable cutters.

Why should I use insulated tools?
Insulated tools are important when conducting any work that needs to be completed “hot” or on a live circuit. Insulation tools offer significant protection for situations where it may not always be possible to disconnect the circuit, for example when working on a railway line that needs to remain active.

They’re also very useful for unexpected situations when you may not be aware that you are working on a live circuit. Without insulated tools to hand, you could be risking serious injury, liability or even death.

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