Electrical gloves are essential for electrical workers, as they offer enhanced protection and can turn out to be a real life saver. The gloves are not only dielectric and strong, but highly versatile and adaptable as well as they must provide the worker with the flexibility he needs.
These gloves are made of three strong layers: the first layer is made from rubber or other high and heavy duty raw material which provides increased protection against electrical current, followed by a thin layer of cloth that provides insulation and ensure comfort (they keep the hands cool during summer and provide warmth during the cold winter months) and the final layer, which protects the hand against cuts and abrasions. The final layer is also the most important, as it comes in direct contact with the skin. Latex is one of the most commonly used materials for electrical gloves, due to its shock absorbing properties and increased versatility.
For maximum efficiency, the gloves must be carefully stored in a safe, moisture-free location and they must be inspected on a daily basis, to see whether they are ruptured or punctured. The gloves can be inspected manually or with a special air-blowing device that fills the gloves with air and then the worker manually checks them for leakage
The gloves are designed to withstand a certain voltage – for instance, class 0 gloves can face a maximum voltage of up to 1,000 volts AC, while class 4 gloves (the strongest and most durable type) can withstand up to 30,000 volts AC or even more.
Also, some gloves can offer not only electrical protection, but arc flash protection as well – they have an excellent dexterity and a special grip finish that allows the worker to grab tools and hold them without dropping them. The gloves are usually 1 mm thick and they are elbow-long, although short wrist versions are available as well
The gloves have a form-fitting design that is especially created to match the contour of every worker’s hand, they are easily adjustable and they have enough dexterity to allow the electrical worker to pick up small tools, screws and other small items.
Given their enhanced protection and increased flexibility, the electrical gloves are used for a wide range of applications: they can be used for installing electrical equipment and circuits, for stripping wire and wiring boxes, as well as for other jobs related to electrical maintenance services. Also, the gloves are shock proof as well and they come in different shapes and sizes, although most of them are designed for universal use.
When it comes to the most important features of the electrical gloves, it must be mentioned that they are stretchable, comfortable and they have outstanding sweat absorbency. They also come with great ESD control properties and they are perfect for PCB, semiconductor and other similar electronic components. Despite the fact that the globes are very stretchable, the electrical worker must never expand them more than 1.5 times the normal size, as this may result in ruptures.