Despite the best efforts of the Window Industry to warn Window Cleaners about the risk of electrocution too many have lost lives or suffered serious burns whilst using waterfed poles near overhead power-lines of under 1,000volts. Ionic Systems is the only company to have addressed road safety and now Ionic Systems is the only manufacturer to have developed a waterfed pole to address the risk of electrocution.
BS:8020 is the specification for insulating hand tools for work on or near conductor rail systems operating at voltages up to up to 1000 V a.c. or 1500 V d.c. Also see IEC 60855 and EN 50508:2011. This is the first waterfed pole which to address the electrocution risk to avoid casualties resulting in severe burns and even fatalities to Window Cleaners particularly in United States. This is particularly important when cleaning photovoltaic panels.