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Whether you’re a professional contractor or just handy around the house, using Klein Tools’ insulated pliers, cable cutters, crimping tools, wire strippers, screwdrivers and nut drivers is a great way to reduce the risk of electrical shock when you’re on the job. Proper use and regular maintenance are key when it comes to how effectively insulated tools will protect you from injury. Take care of your insulated tools, and they’ll take care of you! Check out CableOrganizer.com’s list of helpful insulated tool safety tips.
- Each time that you’ll be using Klein insulated tools for a job, take the time to visually inspect them first. If you find any cracks, nicks, cuts or other damage to the outer orange layer, don’t use that tool. If you can see the white under-layer showing through the orange coating, destroy and replace that tool.
- Use Klein insulated tools only in areas whose ambient temperatures are compatible with the tools’ temperature ratings. Standard insulated tools from Klein are suited to environments that range between –2 and +158°F (–20 and +70°C). Any Klein insulated tools marked with a “C” can withstand an even wider temperature range: -38 to +158°F (-40 to +70°C).
- Always remember: Klein insulated tools provide great protection, but they do not make you invincible! Insulated tools aren’t foolproof solutions for avoiding electric shock: they are simply designed to reduce your risk of electrical injury. In all possible situations, be sure to de-energize all lines and equipment before you begin working on or near them.
- Think before you touch! Whenever you’re working with Klein insulated tools, never touch their uninsulated portions, or any other object that might come into contact with an energized source.
- Even though Klein insulated tools are designed to prevent electrical shock, any moisture, films or other contaminants on the tools’ surfaces may still be able to conduct electrical current. One of the best ways to maintain the integrity of your insulated tools is to keep them clean, dry, and contaminant-free.
- When your Klein insulated tools need to be cleaned, stick with mild, non-corrosive cleansers like dishwashing soap or Klein Kleaners hand-cleaning towels.
- In order to avoid insulation damage, always store insulated tools away from heat sources.
- Once a year, have your Klein insulated tools examined by a trained professional who can determine if the tools are safe for continued use. Part of the professional inspection may include a routine dielectric test of 10kV for 10 seconds, according to ASTM F1505-01.
Please keep in mind that these are only general guidelines and tips. For comprehensive Occupational Safety standards and other workplace safety information, visit the Occupational Safety and Health Administration website at www.osha.gov.
When using, maintaining and caring for Klein® insulated tools or any other equipment, always consult the manufacturer for complete and specific product information. Because we are not able to control and ensure the proper use, inspection, maintenance or repair of any product, CableOrganizer.com is not liable for the misuse of any product, or for any resulting injury, damage, or product malfunction.
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