Insulated Tools

Module two:  Safety 

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So how can you tell if a tool is insulated?

 

It’s best to see if the tool has been safety marked, there are several safety and certification marks when it comes to tools, below are just an example of the marks you can come across.

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CE marking is an administrative marking with which the manufacturer or importer affirms its conformity with European health, safety and environmental protection standards for products sold within the European Economic Area (EEA).

 

DOES NOT MEAN THAT A TOOL IS INSULATED

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With the worldwide recognized GS mark, the product is ensured that the products meets the quality and safety requirements set forth in the German Product Safety Act (ProdSG, in short).

 

DOES NOT MEAN THAT A TOOL IS INSULATED

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The double triangle signifies that the tool has an assigned voltage or voltage range specification or class. It essentially shows 

that they are suitable for working on energized parts.

 

DOES NOT MEAN THAT A TOOL IS INSULATED

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The UKCA (UK Conformity Assessment) mark is the new UK product marking that will be required for certain products being placed on the market in Great Britain. It covers most products that previously required the CE mark.

 

DOES NOT MEAN THAT A TOOL IS INSULATED

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Having the VDE mark on a hand tool ensures that the handles are 100% insulated and will protect the user even if they touch live wires carrying up to 1000 volts AC for 1500 volts DC.

 

DOES MEAN THAT A TOOL IS INSULATED

IEC 60900

Applicable to insulated, insulating and hybrid hand tools used for working live or close to live parts at nominal voltages up 

to 1 000 V AC and 1 500 V DC.

 

DOES NOT MEAN THAT A TOOL IS INSULATED

Safety marks in more detail

 

IEC 60900:2018

When working in potentially life threatening environments, safety is paramount and something we take very seriously. All C.K VDE pliers conform to the requirements of the international standard IEC 60900:2012, which sets out the insulation tests that every single tool has to have to prove their safety.

The problem with the IEC 60900:2012 standard is that it’s self-certified - anyone could claim conformance with it and there is no independent check.

With C.K electricians’ pliers we go the extra mile and have them independently certified and regularly audited by the VDE Institute.

 

VDE (Verband Deutscher Elektrotechniker)

The VDE mark (from the original name, Verband Deutscher Elektrotechniker) is meant to indicate safety and quality in electrical, information and medical technologies. The VDE Testing and Certification Institute in Offenbach, Germany, tests roughly 100,000 products from over 10,000 customers worldwide. The spectrum of product tests covers safety, EMV, energy efficiency and other product features, as well as certification and assembly inspections. The VDE Global Services GmbH provides local handling of all testing and certification procedures to its customers in Asia.

 

GS Mark (Gepruefte sicherheit - Tested Safety)

In addition, our screwdrivers are GS (Gepruefte Sicherheit - tested safety) approved. This is another German standard that means that the tools are of high quality and are suitable for their intended use.