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Non-spark hand tools for the hazardous area

22 April 2009

Engineering tool specialist Damar International has been appointed an exclusive UK distributor for the Danish range of Carltsoe non-spark hand tools. The tools are approved for safe use in Zone 0, 1 and 2 hazardous areas

Spark free tools
Spark free tools

The tools will be used in offshore and onshore oil and gas production, distribution and processing and also have applications in other potentially explosive environments, such as munitions manufacture and in nuclear and petrochemical plants, where there are similar hazards. Manufactured in accordance with ISO quality assurance systems, each Carltsoe tool is individually inspected and tested and bears the Ex logo to distinguish it from non-compliant equipment. The tools have non-spark, anti-magnetic and corrosion resistant properties, which arise from the heat treated and hardened Copper Beryllium or Aluminium Bronze alloys used in their production. All tools have a lifetime warranty against breakage or failure.

The tools will help users comply with ATEX hazardous area directives and are also approved by OSHA, DIN, NATO, ISO and other certifying bodies. Leading oil and gas producers such as Esso, Exxon, Stat Oil, BP and others rely on these tools as part of their production safety systems.

There are over 3000 items in the Carltsoe catalogue. Damar will offer the full range of tools including core tools such as spanners, wrenches, pliers, saws, scrapers and screwdrivers. Other specialist items in the range that are likely to be required in process environments include pipe cutters, clamps, shackles, files and marking tools.

"Health and safety compliance is a critical issue for all industries. Where explosive gases or dusts are present, or even just fleetingly possible, it is better to take no risks. Carltsoe equipment has been meeting this safety requirement since 1956 and we are proud to be able to offer this superb range of tools in the UK," commented Brian Martin, managing director at Damar International.

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