Do I Need to Use Insulated Hand Tools for Electrical Work?
If you are doing any type of electrical work, insulated hand tools are highly recommended. Just because your screwdriver or pliers have plastic handles does not guarantee they will insulate you from electrical shock. Insulated electrical hand tools will be clearly labeled that they are insulated and will protect from a certain level of voltage. Normally insulated hand tools have two layers of insulation and they must meet the industry standards of ASTM F1505. Insulated hand tools typically cost more but are definitely worth the protection. Before starting any electrical work, always check for current and verify that circuits are off before you start work.