Electricians have to work closely with potentially hazardous electrical equipment and, therefore, require adequate protection to minimize injury. One form of protection is the use of electrical safety gloves, which provide direct protection for the hands. Electrical protective gloves must meet ASTM D120 specifications and NFPA 70E standards to ensure optimal protection from electrical shock.
Electrical-insulating rubber gloves are categorized by two main specifications: voltage class (Class) and ozone resistance (Type). Voltage class dictates the maximum voltage the glove can tolerate, and this rating should match your particular work site’s requirements. When it comes to ozone resistance, electrical safety gloves are available in two Types:
- Type I. These gloves do not offer ozone resistance and are typically made from natural rubber.
- Type II. These gloves are capable of resisting degradation and cracking caused by high levels of ozone exposure.
At Burlington Safety Laboratory, we offer a wide range of rubber electrical safety gloves to customers in the California area, including Los Angeles, San Diego, San Jose, San Francisco, Fresno, and Sacramento.
Insulating Equipment Requirements
Rubber electrical safety gloves must adhere to California Code of Regulations Section 2940.6 regarding insulation equipment. These regulations dictate:
- Insulating equipment, including electrical safety gloves, must meet specific physical and electrical requirements and standards for marking, performance, inspection, and testing.
- When in use, rubber-insulated gloves should be protected by leather protectors.
- Any insulated equipment made from a material other than rubber must provide mechanical and electrical protection that is at least equivalent to that of rubber.
- Employers are responsible for periodic visual and electrical re-testing of all electrical safety gloves, blankets, and sleeves. ASTM standards dictate that rubber-insulating gloves should be tested every six months.
When workers handle high-voltage currents, it’s important to use the correct glove class. There are six classes of gloves, each providing its own protection levels:
- Class 00: Max 500V (AC) and 750V (DC)
- Class 0: Max 1000V (AC) and 1,500 (DC)
- Class 1: Max 7,500V (AC) and 11,250 (DC)
- Class 2: Max 17,000V (AC) and 25,500V (DC)
- Class 3: Max 26,500V (AC) and 39,750V (DC)
- Class 4: Max 36,000V (AC) and 54,000 (DC)
Cotton liners are a popular feature for most insulating gloves. These liners wick away moisture, offering a more comfortable feel, especially in warmer weather. Leather protectors are also common and are required by California law.
Depending on the glove Class, electrical safety gloves come in a range of colors with various cuff styles:
- Cuff styles. Classes 00, 0, and 1 come with straight cuffs only, whereas Classes 2, 3, and 4 are available in straight cuff, contour cuff, and bell cuff.
- Glove color. Class 00 and 0 typically come in black or red, whereas all other classes are available in dual-color varieties.
Your Trusted Supplier in Electrical Safety Gloves
Burlington Safety Laboratory is a distributor of industrial electrical products and supplies, including rubber electrical safety gloves. Our gloves include EPDM rubber low-voltage gloves, natural rubber gloves, and leather protectors and sleeves. We can provide electrical gloves with various cuff styles, sizes, colors, and voltage ratings to meet the particular needs of our California customers.
For more information about our electrical safety gloves, contact us today.