In the electric power distribution industry, a hot stick is and insulated pole, usually made of fiberglass, used by the electric utility workers when engaged on live-line working on energized high-voltage electric power lines, to protect them from electric shock. Depending on the tool attached to the end of the hot stick, it is possible to test for voltage, tighten nuts and bolts, apply tie wires, open and close switches, replace fuses, lay insulating sleeves on wires, and perform various other tasks while not exposing the crew to a large risk of electric shock.
In the United States, American Society for Testing Materials Standard F 711 specifies the stringent requirements for hot sticks, and US OSHA standards require that they be inspected and electrically tested every two years.
ETS Inc. can test your hot sticks. Cleaning and Waxing. Minor repairs, dielectric testing, certification label, and a certified test report. Please contact ETS for more information and a quote.