CARLTSOE SAFETY TOOLS® Non-Magnetic and Non-Sparking hand tools for use in hazardous environments and ATEX(*) zones

CARLTSOE SAFETY TOOLS® offers a complete line of high quality, non-sparking, non-magnetic and corrosion resistant safety tools that are manufactured for use in high risk explosive areas. CARLTSOE® Beryllium Copper (BeCu) and Aluminum Bronze (AlBz) tools help fulfill the recommendation in the European ATEX(*) directive for work in zones 0, 1 and 2 (gas, mists or vapors); zones 20, 21 and 22 (dusts); and M1, M2 for mining(**) CARLTSOE SAFETY TOOLS® are made from materials approved by the Federal Institute for Material Research and Testing, Berlin, Germany.

How to choose the correct tools for your application

Aluminum bronze (AlBz) Beryllium copper (BeCu)
Zone Compatibility helps fulfill the recommendation in the European ATEX(*) directive for work in zones 0, 1, 2, 20, 21 and 22 helps fulfill the recommendation in the European ATEX(*) directive for work in zones 0, 1, 2, 20, 21 and 22
Hardness 20-28 HRC 35-42 HRC
Durability good very good
Magnetic properties low magnetic permeability very low magnetic permeability
Composition Cu: 78%, Al: 10.0%-11.5%, Fe: 3.5%-5.0%, Ni: 4.0%-5.5%, Mg: 3.5%, Other: 0.5% Be: 2.0%-2.8%, Co: 0.20%-0.6%, other:0.5%, rest copper

Carltsoe® Non-Sparking SAFETY TOOLS are recommended for use where hazardous, flammable or combustible vapors, liquids, dusts or residues are present and should be used by all industrial safety programs. Carltsoe® Non-Magnetic SAFETY TOOLS can be used around sensitive magnetic equipment, including scanners, de-mining and disarming.

Carltsoe® Corrosion-Resistant SAFETY TOOLS are the ideal choice when working in marine and offshore environments. Corrosion and rust can be extremely dangerous in hazardous environments. Impacts involving rust can initiate a thermal reaction which can cause an ignition in an explosive atmosphere. It is important that the user of Carltsoe SAFETY TOOLS keeps the tools in clean working order. Like other personal protection equipment, it is each user’s duty to inspect the tools before use.

Those responsible for operating plants and processes where potentially explosive atmospheres exist should provide information to all who work on the site about the safe use of hand tools. Carltsoe® Copper-Beryllium Tools (CuBe) help fulfill the recommendation in the European ATEX(*) directive for working in Zone 0,1 and 2 (Gas, Mists or Vapors), Zones 20, 21 and 22 (Dusts), M1 and M2 for mining. Carltsoe® Aluminum-Bronze Tools (AIBz) help fulfill the recommendation in the European ATEX(*) directive for work In Zones 1 and 2.

(*) Hand tools are not within the scope of European ATEX 94/9/EC (tools are not own source of ignition). Risks assessments must be made by the employer of the workers using hand tools (see EN 1127-1, EN 13463-1)
(**) DISCLAIMER: Final responsibility remains with the employer of the workers using hand tools, based on his risk assessments (EN 1127-1, EN 13463-1).

The above text is not binding and it shall always be referred to the original documents.

Gas, Mists or Vapors

  • Zone 0 – An atmosphere where a mixture of air and flammable substances in the form of gas, vapor or mist is present frequently, continuously or for long periods.
  • Zone l – An atmosphere where a mixture of air and flammable substances in the form of gas, vapor or mist is likely to occur in normal operation occasionally.
  • Zone 2 – An atmosphere where a mixture of air and flammable substances in the form of gas, vapor or mist is not likely to occur in normal operation but, if it does occur, will persist for only a short period.

Dusts

  • Zone 20 – An atmosphere where a cloud of combustible dust in the air is present frequently, continuously or for long periods.
  • Zone 21 – An atmosphere where a cloud of combustible dust in the air is likely to occur in normal operation occasionally.
  • Zone 22 – An atmosphere where a cloud of combustible dust in the air is not likely to occur in normal operation but, if it does occur, will persist for only a short period.

DO NOT use non-sparking tools in contact with Acetylene. Any contact of acetylene with high-alloyed copper will generate copper acetylide, which is very reactive and may result in a violent explosion. Please contact us for more information.