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Electrical Gloves

What Are Electrical Gloves?

Electrical gloves are safety devices made from insulating materials that prevent the conduction of electricity. They are used by electricians and other workers to safely handle wires, electrical components, and other equipment that may carry electric current. The primary function of electrical gloves is to protect the hands from electrical shocks and provide a safe barrier against potential electrical hazards.

Different Types of Electrical Gloves

Electrical gloves come in various types and classifications, each designed for specific voltages and applications:

1. Rubber Insulating Gloves: Provide the primary insulation necessary to protect against electrical shocks.

2. Leather Protector Gloves: Worn over rubber insulating gloves to provide a second layer of protection against cuts, punctures, and abrasions.

3. Arc Flash Gloves: Specifically designed for use in environments where arc flash hazards are present.

Choosing the Right Electrical Gloves

Selecting the right electrical gloves involves considering several factors:

  • Voltage Protection Needs: Match the glove’s class rating to the maximum voltage you will handle.
  • Work Conditions: Consider if additional protection layers are needed for mechanical risks.
  • Comfort and Fit: Proper fitting gloves enhance safety and maneuverability.
  • Certification and Testing: Ensure gloves meet relevant ASTM standards and are properly tested for their designated class.