The Ultimate Guide to Non-sparking Tools

October 24, 2022

A safe and healthy workplace is a necessity in every country. In the United States, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) directs employers to ensure a safe workplace and to ensure their safety and well-being. All industries are regulated by OSHA directives. The chemical industry is no exception and has specific guidance on the use of non-sparking tools. Do you want to know how these tools need to comply with OSHA's guidelines? Please read the following article.

125 Non-Sparking Adjustable Wrench

 125 Non-Sparking Adjustable Wrench

What is a non-sparking tool?

These types of tools are made of non-ferrous metals, which means they are an alloy that does not contain iron. They have two unique characteristics. Firstly, non-sparking tools are, as the name suggests, non-sparking. This makes them ideal for work involving flammable conditions. The second unique property, again due to the absence of iron, is that they are also non-magnetic tools. These tools make it possible to work on hospital equipment, such as MRI machines.


We have already learned that there are many highly specified non-sparking tools used for different types of work. Spanners, screwdrivers, torches, pipe alignment clamps, and many more.


The spark-proof tools are made from various non-ferrous materials such as bronze, brass, Monel metal (copper-nickel alloy), copper-beryllium alloys (beryllium bronze), and copper-aluminum alloys (aluminum bronze). Today, the most used hand tools are created using steel alloys.

 Non Sparking Driver Hex Nut Sleeve Screwdriver For Socket

 Non Sparking Driver Hex Nut Sleeve Screwdriver For Socket

What are non-sparking tools made of?

These great tools are made from several different alloys.


  • Not only are plastic tools at the top of everyone's 'must have' list, but they are absolutely non-magnetic and will never spark.

  • Beryllium copper is the strongest and hardest copper alloy, with a tensile strength of 1280-1480 MPa. Beryllium copper tools are necessary for the toughest jobs.

  • Bronze is electrically conductive, but does not spark. These tools have a long history of use in mechanical engineering and combat and are an excellent addition to any toolbox.

  • Brass tools are slightly more expensive, but they are durable and have an aesthetic lustre. These tools can be stained, but this does not diminish their quality.

  • Aluminum bronze is A lightweight alternative to many of the heavier copper-based alloys. Although not as strong as beryllium blends, this alloy can retain its own strength.

 242 Non-Sparking Cutting Shears

 242 Non-Sparking Cutting Shears


In general, non-sparking tools should be used in any environment where an ignition source is present. Applications include, but are not limited to


Maintenance and Repair Operations (MRO)

Collection, Holding, and Transfer (CHT)

Hot Work

Work in Confined Space

Transportation (airports, railroads, tanker trucks, shipyards), Chemical, Petrochemical, and Gas Operations


City, State, and Federal Governments (utilities, waste management, Hazmat, WMD)

General Dust Environments (grain, mining, paper/pulp mills)

200 Non Sparking Shovel

 200 Non-Sparking Shovel


Regulations and Compliance

According to OSHA's standard on hand and portable power tools and equipment [29 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 1910.242(a)], employers must provide safety equipment and tools for their employees. It also recommends that employers keep non-sparking tools in a safe and usable condition every time. The standard instructs employers to avoid the direct use of non-sparking hand tools with acetylene, especially in the presence of moisture. This is because it can lead to the formation of explosive acetylene compounds.


OSHA (Occupational Safety & Health Administration) document “Hand and Power Tools” states, “Iron or steel hand tools may produce sparks that can be an ignition source around flammable substances. Where this hazard exists, spark-resistant tools should be used…”


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