TOOL USERS SAFETY WILL ALWAYS BE OUR TOP PRIORITY - SAYS UK BOSS OF BAHCO

The top priority for Bahco designers and production engineers is to ensure that any hand tool or equipment bearing the Bahco name, designed for working at height or in potentially explosive workplaces, is absolutely safe to use.

“The safety of trade professionals who choose to use our tools will always be our top priority,” says Mark Haywood, who leads the Bahco team in the UK and Ireland. “We have pioneered the design and manufacture of ergonomic tools which not only make work safer and less demanding but also protect users’ hands from muscle strain or injury.”

Bahco’s reputation for quality, spanning more than 135 years, has always been strongly linked with safety and a new Bahco Safety at Work product guide underscores that commitment with a focus on three key groups of tools:

• Insulated screwdrivers, pliers and other tools used when working on electrical equipment;

• Non-sparking tools designed for working in potentially explosive workplaces;

• Specialist safety equipment and tools which help prevent tools falling or being dropped when working at height.

Electricians’ tools:

All Bahco insulated screwdrivers, pliers and other electricians’ tools are rigorously tested at 10,000V to ensure they are safe to use when working live at up to 1000V, fully meeting IEC 60900.

Good examples are Bahco’s ergonomic, narrow blade 1000V insulated screwdriver, ideal for reaching sunken screws and spring elements, and their recently upgraded Bahco 2101S insulated side cutting pliers.

The super sharp cutting edges of Bahco’s latest insulated side cutting pliers enable a soft cut for copper wire or plastic, a medium hard cut for steel wire and a heavy duty cut for piano wire or similar. In tests these side cutters were still going strong after making 50,000 cuts.

Non sparking tools:

Bahco Non Sparking (NS) tools are designed for use in potentially explosive environments, where conventional steel tools could create sparks in the presence of combustible or easily ignitable vapours, liquids and dust. They are manufactured in aluminumbronze or copper-beryllium, making them both safe and suitable for use in hazardous environments.

The Bahco range of NS tools includes hammers, pliers, screwdrivers and wrenches, as well as other striking and construction tools.

Working at height:

Bahco’s Tools@Height range includes lanyards, pouches and belts, hang bags and back packs ideal for working at height in any location and weather. Tools with integrated, heavy duty loops and other attachments enable secure tethering to lanyards and tool belts. Any tool dropped from height can result in death or serious injury to people working or passing below and can damage vital equipment, causing expensive and disruptive downtime.

Bahco is a member of the international DROPS scheme, under which major tool manufacturers around the world exchange information and promote good practice to combat the risk of workplace deaths or injuries caused by falling tools. All Bahco tools and equipment designed for use at height meet DROPS accreditation standards.

For further information on all Bahco tools and safety equipment visit: www.bahco.com

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